Confusion reigns at Ibrox
Warburton: ‘We did not resign from Rangers’
Ousted Rangers manager Mark Warburton insisted today that he and his fellow coaches did not resign from the club.
In a statement issued through the League Managers Association, Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland said they wanted to “clarify certain matters”.
But the statement only left more questions than answers following the board’s announcement at the weekend that the three had indicated they were leaving Ibrox.
The board claimed the trio, through an agent, asked to be allowed to walk away with no compensation fee required for their services.
Today’s statement challenges that version of events and another lengthy legal battle could be facing the board.
The LMA statement said: “Much has been said over the last few days relating to our departure from Rangers Football Club. At this stage, for legal reasons, it is inappropriate for us to comment in any great detail on our departure from the club.
“However, given that the club has seen fit to make detailed public statements, it is important that we should clarify certain matters and as such we would like to formally place on record, that at no stage did we resign from our positions at Rangers.
“It is a matter of surprise to us, and to the League Managers Association (LMA), which is advising all three of us, that despite its detailed public statements, the club has not answered key questions put to it by the LMA, in writing, requesting an explanation of why it suggested that we resigned from our positions.
“For all three of us, it was an absolute privilege to be given the opportunity to work at a club that is so rich in tradition and history.
“It was an honour to be given the responsibility of returning the club to the top tier of Scottish football and we are very proud to have played our part in successfully securing promotion back to the Scottish Premiership. Winning the Petrofac Scottish Challenge Cup and beating Celtic, in a memorable semi-final to reach the Scottish Cup Final, are experiences we will never forget.
“We sincerely thank the Rangers fans for their unwavering passion and dedication. We had the good fortune to meet so many outstanding individuals and supporters of the club and we will always value their words of encouragement. We wish them great success for the seasons ahead.
“The current group of players, together with the staff at the training ground and Ibrox, have borne the huge weight of responsibility of taking a massive club back to the top flight. They should be proud of their togetherness and their work ethic. It has been a pleasure to work with them, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their commitment and contribution.”
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