Mark Warburton snubbed job at PL powerhouse before joining Nottingham Forest - report

By Danny Wright

Mark Warburton turned down a role at Arsenal before being appointed Nottingham Forest manager, according to a report.

The Sunday Times reports that the 54-year-old snubbed the chance of becoming the new academy director of the Premier League powerhouses in order to continue his career in management.

Following his controversial exit of Rangers in February, the ex-Brentford boss quickly found his way back in charge of a football club when he become the new permanent boss at the City Ground on Tuesday.

Arsenal were looking for a new academy director after Andries Jonker was appointed as the Wolfsburg manager in late February.

Warburton held talks with transfer negotiator Dick Law about securing a move to north London.

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He replaced interim boss Gary Brazil in charge of the East Midlands club and drew his first game 2-2 against fierce rivals Derby on Saturday, who were also under the charge of a new boss in Gary Rowett.

Rangers have recently replaced the former Watford academy chief with Pedro Caixinha after a long search for his successor.

Caixinha won his first game in control of Gers on Saturday when they thrashed Hamilton 4-0.

Forest are currently 20th in the Championship standings and are not clear of relegation worries just yet.

They have won just one of their last eight matches in the league and as a result are only one point above the drop zone.

In other Nottingham Forest news, Rowett has accused this striker of trying to con the referee in Saturday’s four-goal thriller.

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