THE parting of the ways with Pedro Caixinha and the laugh minute Sevco comedy club probably didn’t come as too much of a surprise to the football world.

However, it might just have come as a shock to the man himself.

The board held an unscheduled meeting this morning where the Portuguese’s fate was decided.

Caixinha was at the training ground at 6am, but left Auchenhowie shortly before 1pm. When asked if he was still Rangers manager, he answered: “Of course, I am.”

However, the 46-year-old has now left the club and a statement revealed Graeme Murty will be in charge of the squad for the trip to Murrayfield to face Hearts on Saturday.

The statement read: “Rangers Football Club announce today that Pedro Caixinha has left the club. The decision to part company with Pedro was taken after careful consideration and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

“Pedro was appointed in March this year, but results have been disappointing and not commensurate with the level of investment that was made available.

“Graeme Murty, head development squad coach, will take charge of the first team in the interim, just as he did earlier this year.

“The priority is to appoint a new manager as quickly as possible, but the board will take as much time as is necessary to secure the right person capable of representing Rangers and providing the brand of football supporters rightly expect.

“We, the board, appreciate this is a difficult time for all Rangers supporters and we thank you for your patience and know Graeme and the players will receive your full backing in the days ahead.

“We thank Pedro and his backroom staff for their efforts and commitment and wish them well for the future.”

Caixinha was appointed in March after Mark Warburton left the club.

He led the club to a third-place finish in the Premiership a massive THIRTY-NINE points behind six-in-a-row champions Celtic and nine adrift of Aberdeen.

The Portuguese coach spent around £10million in the summer as he rebuilt the squad with his fellow-countryman Bruno Alves leading a number of new signings which also included Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Mexicans Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena.

Where they go now is anyone’s guess. Where, in fact, does Pedro go from here?

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