Keith Jackson has delivered a strong defence of John Bennett and suggested that the approach made to Graham Potter to take charge at Ibrox was carried out by a rogue agent.
Chairman Bennett had no role in the appointment of Beale, he was inherited from Douglas Park but did provide the best part of £15m for the summer Revolution!
Micky Beale has been the focus or fierce criticism in the fortnight since the home defeat from Celtic with the Ibrox board getting dragged into the firing line for their failure to sack their rookie boss.
In the middle of last week a story surfaced that Potter had declined the opportunity to replace Beale which suited everyone in the Ibrox boardroom as it suggested that they were doing something with a big name involved to appease the gullible support.
Potter still has four years to run on his Chelsea contract which was reported to be paying him close to £1m per month, when he returns to management it won’t be for that amount as an annual salary to sort out the mess created by Beale.
Switching from the former QPR boss to the previous Chelsea manager would be an enormous flip with Jackson eager to keep the story simmering as he explained to Daily Record readers:
If Bennett is being undermined by some rogue agent operating inside his own command centre then he should identify the culprit and slap whoever it might be into his place as a matter of great urgency. Because while there may be individuals in or around the boardroom who do not share Bennett’s iron-clad belief in Beale, it would be an outrageous act of insubordination if one of them felt emboldened enough to approach Potter without first running it past the man in charge.
He has backed Beale unflinchingly and provided the manager with significant funds to oversee the summer rebuild which continues to look worryingly like a downgrade on what was there before. But, having done so, Bennett is almost obliged to give Beale a bit of breathing space to get his team in order, despite a fairly tumultuous and unconvincing start to the new campaign. What neither of these men need is to worry about who is saying what and to whom the moment their backs are turned.
After nine months of fawning coverage over the fings he finks about the Brains Behind Gerrard has been taken aback by the level of personal criticism he has taken as his recent media appearances have shown.
A win over St Johnstone only delays the inevitable, if Beale clings onto his job long enough to finish the year still in charge it will be a major achievement with Jackson finishing off with a warning to the training ground guru:
For the meantime, he remains at the point of maximum danger and he could do with eyes in the back of his head to see where the next dagger is coming from.
A non-Scottish referee will be in charge of Thursday’s match against Real Betis.