A manager leaving a club can often be a messy affair as it tends to leave at least one of the parties involved feeling disappointed in the decision.
But, when it comes to news that Mark Warburton has left Rangers, the terms ‘confusion’ and ‘messy’ have taken on a whole new meaning as Sky Sports reports the manager rejects the club’s statement that he quit.
Sky Sports claim that Warburton has denied quitting the club, despite a statement from the club saying he has.
The club statement read, “Rangers has accepted the resignations of manager Mark Warburton, assistant manager David Weir and the club’s head of recruitment Frank McParland.
“At a meeting with the management team’s representative earlier this week, the club were advised Mr Warburton, Mr Weir and Mr McParland wished to resign their positions and leave the club on condition Rangers agreed to waive its rights to substantial compensation.
“Rangers’ agreement to waive compensation would assist the management team to join another club.
“This compensation amount was agreed when Rangers significantly improved Mr Warburton and Mr Weir’s financial arrangements before the start of this season.
“The Board urgently convened to consider the offer made on behalf of the management team and its ramifications and agreed to accept it and release the trio from the burden of compensation, despite the potential financial cost to the club.”
Warburton was linked with the recent job at Nottingham Forest and there are reports that he may have tendered his resignation from Ibrox when he believed he had a good chance of taking over at the City Ground, only to reverse his decision when Forest appointed Gary Brazil.
Rangers have struggled this season in the league as rivals Celtic have opened up a 27-point gap at the top of the table, which may have influenced the Ibrox board’s decision to part company with Warburton.
Under-20s coach Graeme Murty, will take charge of the team on a temporary basis for the cup tie with Greenock Morton on Sunday.