By Danny Wright
Mark Warburton could make a surprise return to English football as the academy director of Arsenal, according to a report.
The Telegraph reports that the former Rangers boss could replace Andries Jonker as the head of the Arsenal academy after he held talks with the north London club.
The 54-year-old only left Ibrox earlier this month however he appears to be in the running to find himself a new job within a matter of weeks.
It would be a surprise if Warburton accepted the role though, after his high-profile managerial role at Rangers. He has also been linked with the vacant managerial job at Nottingham Forest.
Arsenal are looking for a new academy director after Jonker was announced as the new manager of Wolfsburg on Monday.
Warburton has strong links with the Gunners after he set up the NextGen Series Under-19 club cup competition in 2011, and signed a number of players from Arsenal including Chuba Akpom, Nico Yennaris and Jon Toral, who is now on loan at Rangers.
The 2015 PFA Scotland manager of the year managed 82 games in charge of Rangers, winning 55 of them and lifting the Scottish Championship last season to secure the club’s return to the county’s top flight.
Football Insider Verdict
Warburton has great experience with youth players. The NextGen series he developed is probably what prompted UEFA to create the UEFA Youth League so the 54-year-old certainly has some very interesting ideas. The only problem is that he is most likely done with coaching now and wants to continue his managerial career. The former Rangers boss has had quite a successful time in management so far and has achieved some great feats at the two clubs he has been in charge of. Arsenal may not be able to get someone in who has such a good track record as Warburton.
In other Rangers news, the club have closed in on their number one target for a vacant senior role.