Billy Davies gives McCoist his backing over Rangers woes

 

Billy Davies believes Ally McCoist deserves a break as the Rangers
manager battles to deliver success under difficult circumstances.

The former Motherwell, Preston and Nottingham Forest boss was at Hampden today to make the draw for the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup but his old club were notable by their absence.

Rangers crashed out of the competition to Dundee United yesterday in front of a crowd of just 17,822 fans at Ibrox.

The Scottish champions' financial problems have been well-documented, as they await the verdict of a tax tribunal that could leave them facing a bill of £49million, and Davies has nothing but sympathy for McCoist.

He said: "Give him a break - that's what I say.

"He's working under very difficult circumstances and he is doing his best.

"He is also working under circumstances that are out of his control. So the message is to give him a break.

"At every club, three things happen. One, the board deals with finances and provides the finances for the manager and staff.

"You've then got the middle-men who negotiate the contracts to get the players in.

"Then the staff come in and take care of the players and do the best they can with the resources provided."

He added: "I think every fan goes through the ups and downs season after season. They will win and they will lose.

"At clubs like Rangers and Celtic there is a big desire constantly to win trophies.

"When you're dealing with this situation then it is very difficult for a manager and staff and players to go and prepare themselves for the next match knowing what's going on.

"It is difficult circumstances and I'm sure that many people will understand that.

"As 'Coisty' has been saying for the last week or two, it's time for everybody to get together and to continue to focus on the remaining matches."

McCoist already had to cope with injury to key players and saw his resources stretched further by the sale of top goal-scorer Nikica Jelavic to Everton, while being unable to secure a replacement before the transfer deadline.

Previous boss Walter Smith recently warned the club faces slipping back to the standards of the pre-Graeme Souness era if financial problems persist.

Davies, himself, was a player at Ibrox in the early 1980s and said: "I don't agree with it. I think football was different back then, training was different and preparation was different.

"Comparing then to now is very difficult because of how far we have come.

"What I do know is that finances in football at the moment are very difficult for many clubs.

"Hopefully over the next five years or so we will see things settling down and clubs putting themselves in good positions.

"Don't forget, back then, things changed only because of finance.

"In that period when Graeme Souness came in, there was big money spent on international English players and big money thrown at very good players abroad.

"Back then even, the finances played a big part and we all know that is very important. It's the same again today.

"If you've got the finances, it can certainly help you move the club forward and bring in the better players."

With Rangers now out of the Champions League, the Europa League, the Scottish Communities League Cup and the Scottish Cup, their only hope of silverware this season is the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.

Celtic - who have played a game less than their Old Firm rivals - are in pole position with a single point advantage at the summit.

Asked if he believes McCoist can retain the SPL crown, Davies said: "I'm sure the players and staff will still believe they can win the league and they will focus on their next match and work very hard on the training ground."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried