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Rangers: Paulo Fonseca could be an exceptional Gerrard replacement

Rangers have begun their search for a new manager after Steven Gerrard accepted the offer to move south of the border, with several exciting candidates being linked with the Gers vacancy at Ibrox.

What’s the story?

The 41-year-old decision to depart Glasgow brought an end to his successful three-year reign, and attention has already turned to who could succeed him.

Bruce Archer, a journalist for The Sun, took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, revealing who he would appoint as Gerrard’s placement, suggesting that Paulo Fonseca would be a good choice.

Other exciting candidates such as Russell Martin and Giovanni van Bronckhorst have been touted as potential heirs, but Fonseca is arguably the one with the most impressive CV.

Would Fonseca be a good appointment?

Yes, definitely!

Yes, definitely!

No way!

No way!

Exceptional Gerrard successor

Fonseca first established himself as a top-class manager during a hugely prosperous three-year spell at Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.

Between 2016 and 2019, the 48-year-old claimed three successive league titles and three successive domestic cups, earning him a move to Serie A outfit AS Roma.

The highly regarded tactician transformed the capital club into a genuine force in European competition once again during his time at the helm, overseeing an exciting and entertaining style of play at the Stadio Olimpico.

Speaking to Tifo Football, The Athletic’s James Horncastle declared: “I’d put them with Atalanta and Sassuolo as the league’s entertainers,” while Alex Stewart described his style as “exciting.”

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In fact, despite their Europa League exit last season at the semi-final stage, Portuguese journalist Alex Goncalves still backed Fonseca to enjoy a big career.

He tweeted: “It’s a bad result for Paulo Fonseca today, a 6-2 defeat to Manchester United. His managerial CV is exceptional, & his managerial ability matches it, but his time at Roma may be coming to an end. A talented manager who plays stylish football likely to be available this summer.”

It’s evident that the head coach who Massimo Ambrosini dubbed a “modern” manager is someone who has a history of achieving success with a number of unfavoured sides, as well as one who can get his team playing brave, attacking football on the front foot.

His record of domestic and continental success will surely make him an intriguing option for Rangers’ hierarchy, and his appointment is something that director of football Ross Wilson must carefully consider over the coming days.

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