RANGERS manager Mark Warburton has hit out at the “rumour-mongers” who suggested he had disappeared never to return in the summer and that he had rejected a new contract.
Nothing was seen or heard from Warburton in the wake of the Scottish Cup final loss to Hibs – with no Ibrox players or official attending the post-match press conference after the on-field chaos at Hampden – but the Englishman said yesterday he was perplexed that this led to so much unfounded title-tattle.
“The mystery is that I had three weeks off, of which I had ten days in Florida, three days at home – three – and seven days at St George’s Park doing my Pro Licence,” he said. “I’m being nearly divorced by the missus but apart from that, that was my summer! I can’t control speculation. I can’t control the rumour-mongers. I do think it’s inappropriate that someone can’t have ten days away. At the end of the process, I got away from Glasgow on 25 May. I hadn’t seen the wife for seven weeks and I had to spend time with the family.
“The owner [Dave King] has been busy with a number of things to do with the club, doing great work – him and the board. We opened discussions and I’m sure they’ll continue, but there’s nothing more mysterious than people being busy or having a summer break.
“I read contract talks have doubled my money. I read contract talks have broken down, contract talks were deep in discussion.
“Everyone was aware of things apart from me, and that’s the truth of it. You see these stories and they are quite bizarre. I’ve been linked with players I’ve never heard of.
“Apparently there have been players turning us down who I have never heard of, but if the fans
want to believe that I can’t control it.
“But if they hear it from my lips or David Weir’s, or the owner’s or the board, that’s different. But it’s all rumour-mongering.
”We had a good season. We did well but there is still a lot of work to be done with the project here.
“Rangers are a magnificent club. We spoke right at the outset about trying to put strong foundations down to put it back where it belongs. That was the job. I had a holiday and if I’d taken any more phone calls on holiday I would have definitely been divorced.
“If you have domestic problems, this job becomes a nightmare so you have to allocate time to the family and then carry on from there.”