Rangers onto a winner with ‘Fal’ call

LORRAINE ELLIS always throws a welcoming smile on the gate at St Andrew’s.

More than just a big voice in the dug-out: Colin Fallaize has the presence, tactical nous and expertise in what makes people tick, to be a huge influence at Rangers.
(Picture by ESA Photos, 29973989)
More than just a big voice in the dug-out: Colin Fallaize has the presence, tactical nous and expertise in what makes people tick, to be a huge influence at Rangers. (Picture by ESA Photos, 29973989)

Last Saturday the smile was coupled with a twinkle in eye as she told me the club had big plans and wanted to move forward like perhaps never before.

Wait and it will happen was her promise.

Four days later we knew exactly why this lady, who has done so much to keep the island’s oldest club afloat down the years, was speaking with so much optimism.

She had not foreseen Rangers’ first team were about to beat Alderney so convincingly, but knew Colin Fallaize was coming in as new head coach to breathe new life into the red-and-blacks.

What a signing this is.

Tony Vance called it a ‘coup of the generation’ and he may well be right.

Fallaize’s new role is, though, not merely with Rangers and not simply football.

Ravenscroft made it happen and as Mark Bousfield, the club chairman designate, said on Thursday, ‘Fal’ was the perfect man to help the community in a broader sense.

‘At the moment there is a blank piece of paper... we have not got exact initiatives at the moment,’ said Bousfield who, by day, is the business’s group managing director.

But Ravenscroft clearly see him as as the ideal man to help their objective to assist the wider community which they already serve so well in many facets.

THE big Rangers news will, of course, not have been lost on Manzur, who only a few months back were – it briefly seemed – a hair’s breadth from an exciting new future in tandem with the island’s oldest club.

But the falling apart of that merger signalled the start of a worrying summer for the former social league club and, in particular, their coach Mark Romeril.

He continues to grow worry lines on his face and Inside Track learns that there is still no result in their appeal over accusations of tapping up which, of course, also involves Island manager Chris Tardif.

After their respective appeals to a GFA appeals committee comprising GFA’s top men – Chris Schofield, Robert Titterington and Martyn Banton – Manzur and Tardif had been expected to hear within a week whether their separate appeals had been successful.

We understand the GFA have now indicated they need more time to reach a conclusion.

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