Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been forced into self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.
The now Queens Park Rangers boss remains hopeful of being in the dugout for the Championship side’s crunch clash with Fulham this weekend but for now he’s resting at home.
The manager’s Rs side have been on good form this season and after a couple of years in charge of the club they are genuine contenders for promotion.
Currently sixth in the English second tier, Warburton’s side occupy a Playoff place and are four points off an automatic promotion spot.
Speaking to fans after the diagnosis, Warburton has confirmed that he tested positive for the virus but that now he appears to be over the worst of it as a familiar name in John Eustace is mentioned.
Eustace – Warbs’ assistant at QPR – is the signing that never was during Warburton’s spell at Ibrox and remains a cult figure amongst fans as a result
“I tested positive after feeling unwell,” said Warburton [QPR].
“Thankfully, I am double-jabbed and now appear to be over the worst of it.
“My time off last week coincided with the players having a pre-agreed few days off going into the international break.
“This week will see John Eustace prepare the squad for Saturday’s game at Fulham.
“I have been in regular contact with John and will continue to be so until I resume my normal duties at the end of the week.”
Former Rangers manager Warburton a polarising figure at Ibrox
Warburton joined QPR in 2019 after an unsuccessful spell in charge of Nottingham Forest following his Ibrox exit.
Leaving Ibrox after just shy of two years in charge in February 2017, Warburton left for the City Ground in controversial circumstances.
The manager – who got Rangers promotion from the Scottish Championship in his first season – allegedly tendered a resignation following a run of poor results and interest from Forest.
Rangers claim they accepted this whilst Warburton claimed he never tendered one, before the Englishman went on to join Nottingham Forest in March 2017 where he lasted until December the same year.
Despite the manager’s exit Rangers fans will be wishing Warburton all the best in his recovery as his QPR side target promotion to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Rangers fans will be experiencing déjà vu as a controversial billionaire is linked to an English Championship rival of Warburton’s.