Former Brentford boss Mark Warburton was appointed as Rangers boss on Monday and has signed a three-year deal with the Gers. Former Rangers centre-back David Weir has returned to Ibrox as Warburton’s assistant boss.
Warburton could be a shrewd appointment for the Scottish Championship side. The 52-year-old enjoyed a long relationship with Brentford, having been a first team coach and sporting director prior to becoming boss in 2013.
Warburton guided the Bees to promotion into the Championship within his first six months in charge. Then last season the Bees were in the promotion picture for much of the campaign, prior to it being announced in February that Warburton would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The Bees form dipped a little, but they still finished fifth in the table to make the play-offs. However, they suffered a defeat in the semi-finals against Middlesbrough and Warburton left the club on May 30th when his contract expired.
Despite his limited budget at Griffin Park, Warburton created a team that played attractive, possession football and has promised to bring entertaining football to Ibrox. If he can reproduce a similar sort of style at Ibrox next season then the Rangers fans could be in for a very good season indeed.
Rangers had three head coaches last season, Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowell and Stuart McCall. Both McCall and McCoist are Rangers heroes, while McDowell had been on the coaching staff a while before being handed the reins on an interim basis.
To appoint Warburton as their new boss is a change in strategy for the Glasgow giants. In fact he is already making his history, as Warburton will be the first Englishman to ever manage the club.
Warburton’s challenge will be to guide Rangers back to the SPL and the pinnacle of Scottish football. In times gone by the Gers fought tooth and nail with arch-rivals Celtic for dominance of the Scottish top-flight.
Last season the Gers finished third in the Championship, meaning they qualified for the Premier League play-offs. McCall helped the Glasgow giants to the play-off final, but they were hammered 6-1 on aggregate against Motherwell, who had finished 11th in the SPL.
Ever since the clubs off-the-pitch problems began it has been a challenge for the Gers to make their way back to the SPL. Previously they had found it quite easy to win promotion, but last season the play-off final was just a step too far.
Mark Warburton has proven in the past that he is a very capable coach and will no doubt rise to the challenge. At Brentford he worked wonders, so it will be interesting to see how the former Bees boss copes with the pressures of managing such a big club.
The 52-year-old seems to know the game inside and out. With the help of trusty right-hand man Weir’s knowledge of the Scottish game he could be a massive success at Ibrox next season.
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