New coach describes 'fantastic opportunity'
Former City trader Warburton ready to deal big at Ibrox
Warburton (near left) and ex-club captain David Weir (far left) have signed a three-year deal at Ibrox. They told a media conference that they would start the hunt for new players immediately. They are expected to clear out most of the current team.
The new head coach is a surprise choice given that he has only two years experience as a first team football manager. Today he described the job as “a fantastic opportunity”.
Ibrox may be used to seeing bankers coming and going through through its hallowed corridors, but 52-year-old Warburton brings his own banking background to the club.
He spent most of his career in the Square Mile, working on the trading floors of firms such as Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland and AIG. He began his football life as a part-time school coach, leaving RBS to go full-time and working at Watford’s Academy before moving onto Brentford.
In an interview with the London paper City AM he said the skills learned in the City have been applicable to his experiences in the dugout.
“The dealing terms are very similar to dressing rooms, guys eager for success with rewards and bonuses. The stakes are high. If you do well, you do very well. If you don’t, you lose your job. It’s the same here,” he told the paper.
“Players are fighting for their contracts and dealers are fighting for their budgets, very similar. Team-work, commitment, communication, all these words are conducive to both environments.
“So much can be taken from that world; the hunger, the work ethic, the unity and the incentivisation.”
At least his short career in football management has been a successful one. Warburton led Brentford to the second tier of English football for the first time in 21 years and came close to taking the club to the Premiership.
He beat four other candidates for the Rangers job, including former player Stuart McCall who guided the club to the Championship play-off final which they lost to Motherwell.
Former striker Jon Daly is among those expected to join Warburton’s back-room staff.
The result of the votes on the motions tabled at the EGM on Friday will be revealed today. Shareholder Mike Ashley is expected to lose his attempt to force the board to immediately repay his £5 million loan.