Written by Stephen Hopper
So at the latter end of last week Glasgow Rangers parted company with manager Mark Warburton his assistant David Weir and things are not so straight forward as now the Ex Rangers boss claims he did not resign but the club hierarchy are claiming he did resign which adds more confusion top what is happening at the Glasgow club.
Rangers have recently been promoted back to the SPL having spent a number of seasons gaining promotion through the lower tiers of Scottish football after past events and were severely punished by the Scottish FA. Its been a difficult couple of years for the Scottish giants although on the field have gained a succession of promotions back to the top table.
So back to Mark Warburton. Many feel that he found the job too big for him in the Premier League and the pressure of getting results against the top sides including arch-enemy Celtic proved too much for the manager. Warburton inherited a decent squad with some top talent at the club but clearly he did not realise the size of the task at hand at such a massive club like Rangers.
Little investment in the last transfer window could have been a factor in the decision to leave the club as they looked to close the gap on the league leaders, however the Joey Barton saga has to be mentioned again, what did actually happen of course it is all speculation and we will never know the true facts.
Lets not forget head of recruitment at the club Frank McParland also left his position so is there a story to be had regarding transfers. In Warburtons final program notes he asked for the Rangers fans to be patient, so why ask this of the clubs loyal fans if he already had made the decision to leave or knew he would be asked to leave, it without doubt is an extremely odd turn of events and one which will no doubt have many Rangers fans asking, why?
Many media outlets reported that Nottingham Forest had turned Warburton’s head and he was very interested in the role, a role that has led to the interim appointment of a caretaker boss, so I struggle to see how this could be the case as he has not been appointed and an allegation Warburton very strongly denies.
I feel for the Rangers fans as somewhere along the line someone is clearly keeping the truth from them about their club. I was recently asked if I knew anything regarding another attempt by Mike Ashley to take over the club as we know he tried for so long to get it and I have witnessed at first hand how he likes to bring in his own man but after doing some research on the matter there is no evidence to suggest this is the case.
Rangers supporters want top European nights back at Ibrox and that is understandable but maintain a strong position and also re-establish yourselves in the league and there is certainly no reason why they can’t expect this to happen. I feel for the supporters and think they have been through enough, they work hard everyday and spend their hard-earned cash on going to see their beloved club so why don’t they have the right to expect answers instead of being fobbed off.
A number of managers have been linked with the vacant managerial position at the club and Ex Valencia manager Pako Ayestaran has been linked and this is a role he has been quoted as saying he would be interested in, another is former ‘Gers boss Alex McLeish who is waiting to see if the club come calling for him.
Other SPL managers are quick to distance themselves away from the job so Rangers fans must be asking is this a poisoned chalice, for me this is a dream job and any manager should be honoured to be linked with a club steeped in so much history.
What do you make of this Rangers fans, let us know in the comments below!