Premier League managerial departures so far this season
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Giovanni van Bronckhorst is said to have told Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan that he’d “love to manage Rangers” ahead of a sensational return to the club. The former midfielder and left-back spent three years at the club between 1998 and 2001 before eventually moving on to join Arsenal in the Premier League.
Yet Van Bronckhorst has always been remembered fondly at Ibrox for his contributions under former boss Dick Advocaat.
He marked his Gers debut with a stunning effort in the UEFA Cup versus Shelbourne before going on to score 21 more times in the famous blue shirt.
Van Brockhorst is now understood to be the leading contender for the current vacancy at Rangers and according to van der Kraan, he has already previously declared his interest in taking over at his former club one day.
“It is the perfect time for Rangers to snap Gio up. Manchester City offered him the chance to manage in Melbourne or New York,” van der Kraan told Sky Sports News.
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“But he turned them down to stay close to his family. Rangers, being in Glasgow, is perfect as it is closer to his family. Rangers is a club in his heart.
“He still has a lot of friends there, he knows people. Not long ago, I had an interview. He told me: I’d love to be Rangers manager, or back at the club.'”
Van Brockhorst has made no secret of his desire to return to his former clubs as the boss and The Sun claim contact is already underway between Rangers and the 46-year-old.
He has already guided Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title in his brief managerial career and spent a short spell in China with Guangzhou R&F.
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During an interview with Sky Sports last year, Van Brockhorst made it clear he would be open to a return to Rangers, Arsenal or Barcelona in addition to Feyenoord should the opportunity present itself.
“I always said that if I could coach the teams that I was playing for as well, it would be a big dream,” he said.
“You know, Rangers, Arsenal, Barcelona, Feyenoord, they are all special clubs for me.
“They gave me the opportunity to be the coach at Feyenoord and we were really successful so you never know what the future brings…”
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Van Bronckhorst is not the only contender for the job though with Ibrox chiefs spoilt for choice, although they would face an uphill battle to convince a number of their shortlisted options to join.
That includes Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche, who are both understood to have admirers north of the border.
Alex Neil, Derek McInnes and Russell Martin have also been linked with the position.
Frank de Boer, who like compatriot Van Brockhorst also played for Rangers, has been touted as a possible candidate in the press as well.
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