Rangers announced last night that the club had accepted the resignation of manager Mark Warburton along with assistant manager David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland.
That all came as news to Mark Warburton, who told the Scottish Sun that he knew nothing about his supposed resignation.
What’s going on? This is scandalous, I’ve no idea what they’re talking about.
I haven’t resigned. I’ve never resigned — I’ve no idea what they’re talking about.
I was advised by an email to read an urgent letter. But, I tell you, I haven’t resigned.
The Rangers statement regarding the announcement said that a representative of the management team had met with the club earlier in this week and advised that Warburton, Weir and McParland wanted to resign from their positions. Rangers agreed to waive compensation which would have been due to the club. This would allow the trio to easily join a new team. Rangers said it did so because they required a management team in place who actually wanted to be at the club.
According to Rangers, the representative attempted to alter the terms of the agreement later in the week but the board did not agree to the new terms. They subsequently notified the management team that their resignations had been accepted.
As if matters were not awkward enough at Rangers, it could get even more so according to the Scottish Sun. They say Warburton has been advised to turn up at Rangers training today and act as if he is still manager. They play Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup on Sunday afternoon.
It was believed Warburton intended to turn up at Auchenhowie today to take training, under the advice from the English League Managers’ Association, as he still considers himself to be Rangers manager.
Warburton had been heavily linked with the Nottingham Forest job this week. Philippe Montanier was sacked as manager last month. However, Forest announced on Thursday that Gary Brazil & Jack Lester would remain in charge of first-team affairs for the remainder of the season. That likely put a spanner into the works of Warburton's plans.