Ex-Rangers boss signs undisclosed deal with English Championship side
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Ex-Rangers boss signs undisclosed deal with English Championship side

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has signed a new deal with English Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The ex-Brentford and Nottingham Forest manager has been in charge at Loftus Road since May 2019 has improved steadily season on season since joining the Rs.

Last in the Premier League in season 2014/15, QPR finished in 13th place in his first season in charge at Loftus Road and in 9th place in his second campaign.

The length of Warburton’s deal has been undisclosed by the QPR website but the ex-Gers gaffer did say he was “delighted” to be signing on.

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue the development of the squad and to work with the staff in taking the club forward,” said Warburton [QPR].

“We have improved each season, we are in good shape but now we have to keep building.

“Going into my third season here there is a very evident expectation which is testament to the players for their strong finish to last year.

“That now sets the bar. We have to push on from there.

“We are in a very privileged position to work in football and we must work hard to justify the faith of the Board and the supporters.”

Mark Warburton remains a polarising figure amongst the Rangers support after initially being heralded as a hero after taking charge of the club in the summer of 2015.

Rangers found themselves in turmoil and facing another season in the Scottish Championship before Warburton transformed the side’s roster and playing style, earning promotion.

Mark Warburton quickly found himself out of his depth at Rangers. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, Warburton soon found himself out of his depth in the Scottish top flight as Rangers toiled and he left the club in controversial circumstances.

Rangers claimed to accept an official resignation from Warburton and his backroom team amid poor form and links to Nottingham Forest; a resignation Warburton insists was never tendered [Guardian].

Whatever the case, after Warbs left the club in February 2017 he joined Forest around a month later.

The ex-Gers manager would last nine months at the City Ground before going on to secure the job at QPR.

Beating Celtic on Scottish Cup penalties after a 2-2 draw at Hampden stands as one of the biggest moments of Warburton’s tenure. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)

Whilst Warburton’s exit may have clouded his time at Ibrox it wasn’t without highlights and whilst there was never a plan B, for me at least, it felt like Warburton’s time at the club ushered in an era of new thinking.

Prior to his involvement the lingering attachment to Rangers pre-2012 persisted and his signing saw the development of a new squad in a new era.

Club captain James Tavernier – the only survivor of the Warburton playing squad – stands as a lasting example of the Englishman’s legacy.

Old habits appear to die hard with Warburton too, as at one stage last season the ex-Gers boss was being criticised by Rs fans.