There will be no love lost between Rangers fans and their former boss Mark Warburton.
The Rangers job is something you simply cannot prepare for, as former manager Mark Warburton has admitted. “You’ve got to understand,” he told the Daily Record when recounting his tales of Glasgow-based carnage. “When you’re the manager of Rangers you feel like you’re constantly on egg shells. One slip of the tongue, one wrong word and you’ll get hammered for it.”
Warburton was the man elected to carry Rangers over the line on the final leg of their tumultuous journey through the Scottish football system, after being dumped into the fourth tier in 2012 due to financial difficulties. A prestigious job on paper but one that would ruin his integrity as a manager north of the border – thanks to certain, unresolved controversies.
Of course, the event to which we refer is his enigmatic move to Nottingham Forest from Rangers, and though he vehemently denies any wrongdoing, Rangers fans may feel slightly different. “To this day I can say that I didn’t talk to any other club. At all,” he said defending his actions (as per Nottingham Post). Warburton stands accused of entering negotiations with Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, who had sacked former coach Phillipe Montanier in January 2017 about a month before Warburton departed Ibrox.
“I was lucky prior to coming to Rangers, when leaving Brentford, we had a good CV,” Warburton insisted. “We had lots of interested parties, and when we left Rangers we had interested parties and any manager would tell you that’s what you want.
“But that came two weeks after leaving Rangers and any other talk I will dispute to my dying day. That was never the case.”
We discuss this because it generally shrouds Warburton’s achievement as the manager of Rangers. Yes, his Premiership record wasn’t all that great – but he was playing with a side consisting of players they had inherited in the preceding years. All talents designed to orchestrate their move back up to the top, not actually provide peak performance when they get there. Of course, some players arrived in the summer that are still donning the shirt today, including James Tavernier and Andy Halliday, but for the most part they were castoffs or loan players English clubs were looking to offload for experience. Rather, the Championship and promotion to the topflight is really what he should be remembered for, though we doubt that will ever be the case. For good reason? You decide.
Rangers may take some satisfaction in the fact that he did pretty woefully after arriving at Nottingham Forest, a club that has been doomed to Championship average for years now. After just nine months in charge, winning 13 games, drawing three and losing 18, Warburton was dumped from his role (BBC Sport).
He has been without a job since 2017.
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