Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has resurfaced after his Nottingham Forest sacking on Hogmanay to plead his case that he didn’t resign from Ibrox 12 months ago – but his comments suggest he is living in an alternate reality after everything that happened.
Providing a stunning recount of events in the Times, Warburton insists the first he knew about his departure was when he read it on Sky Sports News’ breaking news ticker, before claiming the Gers were silent when asked to provide any proof of resignation.
The former Gers boss then got the League Managers’ Association involved and started legal action against the Ibrox giants, as he confirmed in an interview with The Telegraph in March last year, before the whole thing went quiet.
In the end, the Gers were vindicated over their claim that Warburton resigned – simply telling an employee he has resigned when it was untrue is as clear-cut a winner at a employment tribunal as there likely will be – and the deposed former Brentford boss quickly landed the very same job the Ibrox board accused him of asking for permission to leave and take.
With no evidence of any settlement having ever been reached between the Rangers board and Warburton, assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland, and Warburton’s claimed “legal process” having come to nothing at all, his claims he never resigned do not ring true.
In reality, the chain of events laid out by the Gers on their official website after announcing Warburton’s resignation – on the strength of every bit of available evidence – Warburton, or at least someone acting on his behalf, offered his resignation to speed up talks with Nottingham Forest. Rangers called their bluff and the rest is history.