Rangers today announced Mark Warburton was the man they hope will inspire them back to the Premiership. The 52 year old has become Rangers’ 15th manager after he leaving Championship side Brentford at the end of the season.
The Englishman joins the Gers after a fruitful and successful period with Brentford. During his time with the Bees, Warburton took Brentford from League One to the Championship and managed to see his team finish in a playoff position in only their first season in the division. Warburton brings with him Rangers Hall of Fame and former Captain Davie Weir as assistant manager, the Scot keeping with Warburton after their time with Brentford.
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Warburton managed to beat a number of candidates for the job, including Stuart McCall who failed to take the Gers up to the Premiership after taking over in March, and former Valencia coach Ian Cathro, who, despite speculation, is without a role in the Rangers management team.
Speaking of his intentions for the Ibrox club, Warburton stated; “Our job is to fill that stadium and the way to do that is to play in an attractive manner that excites the fans
“Our job is to come in here, gel very quickly and our aim is to win the division.”
The former Leicester player will also bring with him plenty of knowledge and focus on the Rangers youth academy. Warburton was founder of the NextGen series, a European Competition for under 19s which ran from 2011-2013, and stated that the Rangers academy should be “the heartbeat of the club.”
Both Warburton and Weir will be hoping to have an instant impact in Glasgow, and to restore Rangers to the Premiership and inspire them to reach the levels of old.
Murray Park, Rangers FC training ground. Image: Tom Brogan (tombrogan, flickr).
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