As chairman speaks out over chaos
McLeish open to offers for return to Ibrox
McLeish, who attended the Cup tie against Morton, told Sky News: “Listen, I’m a Rangers man so you have to keep that in consideration. When you get asked to come to a club like Rangers then it’s for sure a hard decision to turn that down.”
McLeish’s last job in management was a three-month stint with Egyptian Premier League Zamalek last year.
Under-20s coach Graeme Murty took charge for the match against Greenock Morton in Sunday’s fifth-round tie.
McLeish’s comments came as chairman Dave King said Mark Warburton’s contract was terminated after his agent asked the club to waive the right to compensation if a club made an approach for him.
It had become clear to the board that the former Brentford boss saw Rangers as a stepping stone to getting a bigger job back in England, said King in a statement clarifying the chaos that engulfed Ibrox on Friday night.
Warburton was heavily backed to become the new boss of Nottingham Forest before the Championship club decided to stick with interim boss Gary Brazil until the end of the season.
The club said Warburton and his assistants David Weir and Frank McParland had resigned. Warburton said he did not know anything about it and insisted he was still in charge.
Mr King later said Warburton “did not respond well” to the board reviewing his recruitment activity and that the manager’s agent Dave Lockwood had made the approach about waiving compensation if another club came for him.
“I was informally approached to ask if the club would waive compensation if the management team was to leave, ” said Mr King.
“I was alert to a conversation that Mark Warburton had with me after joining the club in which he advised me that his long-term ambition was to manage in the EPL and he viewed Rangers as a stepping-stone to achieve this.
“I was therefore not surprised when the management team’s agent approached the club’s managing director, Stewart Robertson, to request a meeting which was held in Glasgow on Monday this week.
“The outcome of this meeting was that the agent subsequently offered that Mark, David and Frank would resign with immediate effect without compensation as long as the club, in turn, agreed to waive compensation from any new club that they signed for.
“After discussion, the board accepted this offer and employment was immediately terminated.
“While we were dealing with the admin and press releases relating to the resignation, the agent again contacted us and asked to defer the resignation until the management had secured a new club.
“I assume that the new deal had somehow collapsed at the last minute. The board met to consider this request but resolved to hold them to the original agreement.
“We are now in the process of reviewing the best interim and long-term solution for ensuring that a modern and robust footballing structure is put in place that will continue with and entrench the footballing philosophy that we have in place.”