February 9th 2018 marks 12 months since Mark Warburton had his bluff called by Rangers who held him to his threats of resignation and terminated the ‘Magic Hat’s’ Gers contract.
A year on and Warburton and his number two Davie Weir must be kicking themselves at what has transpired since they were caught out by their own tricks in trying to force a move – or a sizeable pay rise from the Ibrox board.
Warburton – who spent weeks insisting he hadn’t resigned and intended to take legal action – quickly re-appeared at Nottingham Forest before being sacked almost as quick.
When Warburton’s agent tried to get one over on the Rangers board by insisting Warburton and Weir would resign if they weren’t allowed to hold talks with Forest or given a pay rise he must have wanted to ground to swallow him up when Forest took longer than expected to make a decision, allowing the Gers to essentially make Warburton’s decision for him.
While things haven’t been ideal on the pitch for the Gers in the 12 months since, Warburton would surely have been intrigued by the prospect of having the multi-million pounds transfer budget his replacement was afforded – and then largely wasted – instead of fighting a relegation battle in the Championship.
Warburton’s Forest reign ended on December 31st, days before Caixinha’s replacement Graeme Murty was given money to spend as he brought six new faces in to Ibrox – Warburton meanwhile has to settle for a life of punditry for the time being.
12 months on and Warburton has gone from being lauded by 50,000 at Ibrox to losing two jobs and now not even working in the game.
After spending so much time bizarrely insisting that he hadn’t resigned, Warburton must wish now that his agent hadn’t tried to pull a fast one and cost him his job.
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