Saturday 16 December 2017

Mark Warburton resigns as manager of Rangers along with assistant and head of recruitment

Rangers boss Mark Warburton
Rangers boss Mark Warburton
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has resigned, the club have announced.

Warburton's assistant David Weir and the club's head of recruitment Frank McParland have also left, with the club 27 points behind Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic.

Rangers said in a statement on Friday evening that they had been advised earlier this week that the trio "wished to resign their positions and leave the club on condition that Rangers agreed to waive its rights to substantial compensation".

In a lengthy statement on the club's website on Friday evening, Rangers said they had agreed to waive their right to "substantial compensation", which would "assist the management team to join another club".

The club said they had agreed to release the trio, despite the potential financial cost, because it was "important that Rangers has a football management team that wants to be at the club".

Under-20s coach Graeme Murty will take interim charge of the first team for Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Morton, Rangers said.

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