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Evasive McCoist denies Ibrox resignation

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Ally McCoist has denied resigning as manager of the tribute act in December 2014.

Soon after being drawn to face Celtic in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup McCoist watched his side lose 3-2 against Alloa after leading 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play.

Following a 1-0 win at home to Cowdenbeath the former Question of Sport funnyman decided to step down- handing in his notice to the club which doubled his salary as he prepared for 12 months without any media appearances. At the time Hearts were 10 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Kenny McDowall was left in charge for the semi-final against Celtic with a squad that included Ian Black, Nicky Law, Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni.

Recalling that stage six years ago, McCoist told the Daily Record:

I didn’t resign as manager – but I don’t think there’s any doubt that it was the dream job at the wrong time, 100 percent.

I’ve thought about it in great detail, and I don’t have any regrets really. You’ve just got to play the cards that are dealt to you.

It was certainly one of the most difficult times in the club’s history and in many ways, I look back at the people I worked with and can be quite proud.

Down in the lower divisions McCoist was unable to get his highly paid squad to life the Irn Brun Petrotank Challenge Cup, losing out to Queen of the South, Raith Rovers and Alloa in his bid for glory.

After John Beaton saved the day against Albion Rovers in the 2014 Scottish Cup the SFA presented McCoist’s side with a home semi-final against Dundee United but Jackie McNamara’s side won 3-1 at Ibrox.

Dave King took control of the club in March 2015 with McCoist continuing to serve his notice through until December.

In 2017 McCoist voted against a Resolution of the new board to issue new shares which would dilute the penny shares he bought alongside Charles Green and Sports Direct in 2012.

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