Ex-Nottingham Forest FC boss favourite to become next Rangers FC manager

Miranda GreerFeb 12, 2017

Rangers say they have accepted Warburton's resignation, with the Englishman wanting to speak to other clubs and then leave Ibrox without compensation when he had a deal agreed with another side.

Telegraph Sport, though, can reveal that Warburton and Weir were on the verge of dismissal - they would nearly certainly have been gone next week - but by offering their resignations they have saved the club around £700,000.

Rangers released a statement saying Mark Warburton had resigned as manager but he has reportedly denied that is the case.

A tweet from the club on Friday night confirmed that Mark Warburton, the man that returned Rangers to the Scottish top flight, has resigned along with assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland.

"It is important that Rangers has a football management team that wants to be at the club and that the board believes can take the club forward to meet our stated ambition to return to being the number one club in Scotland".

Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn scored a goal in each half as Ranger came from 1-0 down
Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn scored a goal in each half as Ranger came from 1-0 down

"A further board meeting was held this afternoon to discuss this and it was decided not to agree to this additional request but to hold with the original agreement".

"Some of the signings who came in, who were key signings, didn't work out on the basis of turning the club around".

Warburton's position had been under scrutiny due to poor results and the massive deficit to Premiership leaders Celtic, which now stands at 27 points.

Former Brentford boss Warburton led Rangers to promotion from the Scottish second tier last season.

Under-20s coach Graeme Murty will take interim charge of the first team for Sunday's Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Morton, Rangers said.

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