Warburton tipped to manage Championship club after Rangers despite failed interview - report
By Alex Stevens
Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton is firmly in the running to replace Alex Neil at Norwich, according to a report.
The Sun claim Warburton is an early contender to take over at the Championship club despite his failed interview at Carrow Road in January 2015.
It is said that the 54-year-old Englishman got down to the final shortlist at Norwich two years ago but ex-Hamilton boss Neil was preferred and the board were then vindicated as he steered them to promotion to the Premier League.
But the Scot was given his marching orders on Friday evening after a string of wretched results had ended the Canaries’ hopes of an instant return to the Premier League.
Norwich are in eighth in the Championship but nine points adrift of the play-off spots as their chances of being in the top flight next season have all but disappeared.
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Nevertheless, they have the benefit of a strong squad, sound finances and parachute payments which makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective manager.
The Sun report that Warburton, who steered Brentford to the Championship play-off three seasons ago, ex-Birmingham manager Gary Rowett and experienced Premier League expert Alan Pardew all want to replace Neil at Norwich.
The east Anglia outfit are set to announce a restructure of the club next week, with a director of football heading up the club’s recruitment.
Warburton left Rangers in acrimonious circumstances a month ago along with his assistant David Weir and Frank McParland, the head of recruitment.
McParland has since joined Nottingham Forest on a short-term deal until the end of the season amid strong speculation he will be joined by Warburton in the summer.