Rangers sack Van Bronckhorst after a year in management.
Rangers sack Giovanni van Bronckhorst just six months after leading them to the Europa League final.
After only a year in charge at Ibrox and leading them to the Europa League final, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has been sacked by Rangers, the club has confirmed.
The Glasgow giants parted ways with the 47-year-old on Monday, just three days after he celebrated his one-year anniversary in charge of the club.
The decision to part ways with the former Holland international was made just two weeks prior to the club’s annual general meeting (AGM).
‘The board would like to put on record sincere thanks to Gio for all his efforts since his appointment as manager,’ Rangers said in a statement.
‘Unfortunately, results and performances over recent months haven’t met expectations and the decision was made today by the board to terminate the contract of the manager. The search for the new manager is now underway.’
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Having led Rangers to their first European final in 14 years, the Dutchman won the Scottish Cup just days after taking over as manager. However, they lost the Europa League final in Seville on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, in Van Bronckhorst’s first full campaign in charge, the positive vibes gradually faded. After 15 games, Rangers trail league leaders Celtic by nine points, and Van Bronckhorst’s past three league matches have produced just four points.
‘I want to thank Gio for the hard work he has put in over the last 12 months and, especially, the achievements of taking the club to the Europa League final and winning the Scottish Cup last season,’ said chairman Douglas Park.
‘Unfortunately, recent results have not met neither our nor Gio’s expectations, and we have taken this difficult decision today. Everyone at Rangers wishes Gio every success in the future.’