Mark Warburton has released a statement hitting back at Rangers‘ claim that he resigned from his job alongside David Weir and Frank McParland.
The Ibrox club announced on its website on Friday night that the management team’s resignation had been accepted.
But that shock news was followed by Warburton publicly stating that he hadn’t resigned and had no idea why the club were claiming that.
Warburton is no longer the Rangers manager, but he’s issued a statement today after the club went public with their reasons for his exit.
Via AP’s Rob Harris, Warburton 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.”
So Warburton is reiterating he didn’t resign despite Rangers claims and reports widely saying that it was communicated to Dave King and the Ibrox board that he wanted to leave.
Stories have suggested that Warburton had the vacant Nottingham Forest job lined up and wanted Rangers to allow him to leave by waiving compensation.
But Warburton makes no mention of that – instead categorically claiming he didn’t resign before going on to pay tribute to what he achieved during his time at the club.
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