It hasn't been the best of months for Mark Warburton. On Friday evening, Rangers announced his resignation only for Warburton to turn around and say he knew nothing about it. It then emerged that Warburton had initially handed in his resignation, the Rangers board had rejected it and then changed their minds before announcing it without telling Warburton.
As if that wasn't embarrassing enough for Gers fans, Chris Sutton did what Chris Sutton does these days and took the complete mickey out of the Englishman and the general situation.
It gets worse, though, as Rangers printed Mark Warburton's programme notes for their game with Morton on Saturday - even though he was at that point no longer Rangers' manager.
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While we would never be ones to celebrate a man losing his job, it is nevertheless a fairly amusing move on behalf of Rangers, for whom the news evidently came too late to be able to remove the segment. Warburton writes:
It is only through time and patience that we will indeed see Rangers back at the top of Scottish football and gracing European venues.
There is no short cut option, there is no 'quick fix'...It is simply a case of every person in the department coming in every day to be the best they can be. Very often the best solution is the simplest solution: 'Just work harder!'
I appreciate that this is not the answer many fans want to hear but I firmly believe that more open communication is the best policy and giving you, our supporters, honest feedback can only be beneficial in the long run.
Open communication with the supporters. But not, it would seem, with the manager of the club. Interesting, too, that Warburton calls on his colleagues to "work harder" - and ironic that he calls for "patience", presumably writing after he supposedly handed in his resignation on Monday.