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Confusion over manager's position

Warburton ‘knows nothing about resignation’

Weir and WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton claimed he is still in charge at Ibrox, despite the club issuing a statement accepting his resignation and questioning his commitment to the job.

It said on Twitter that Warburton, his assistant David Weir and head of recruitment, Frank McParland were leaving.

But 54-year-old Warburton, who took charge at Ibrox two years ago, said he was unaware of the statement and was consulting lawyers.

Earlier today he led the team in training for Sunday’s Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at home to Greenock Morton. Rangers are currently third in the Premiership, but well adrift of their city rivals and reigning champions Celtic.

Despite Warburton’s bemusement, the club said under-20s coach Graeme Murty will be in charge of the team on Sunday on an interim basis.

Warburton has been criticised for some of his summer signings – including Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter.

Rangers have managed just one win in their last five games and Warburton had been linked with the manager’s position at Nottingham Forest.

In a statement the club said: “Rangers has accepted the resignations of manager Mark Warburton, assistant manager David Weir and the club’s head of recruitment Frank McParland.

“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.”

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

“We are clearly short of where we expected to be at this time. The representative acting for the management team subsequently attempted to alter the terms of what had been agreed in favour of the management team.

“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.

“Mr Warburton, Mr Weir, and Mr McParland have therefore been notified in writing that their notices of termination have been accepted.

“The board is very appreciative of the good work previously done by the management team but believes it had no alternative. Our club must come first and absolute commitment is essential.

“U20 coach Graeme Murty will take interim charge of the team. We know our support will give him and our team their full backing. We thank our support for their loyalty and desire to be the best.”

The statement has now been taken down from the Rangers website.

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