Former Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton has spoken honestly about his departure from the City Ground.

The Reds confirmed, via their official website, that the ex-Brentford and Rangers manager had been sacked just under two years ago. He left the Reds sat mid-table in the Championship, 10 points adrift of the play-off places.

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The 57-year-old’s future at the club was thrown into major doubt after a poor run of results over the festive period. The Reds were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland at the City Ground over the space of a few days, failing to score a single goal in the process. There’s no doubt that supporters had started to become frustrated by the style of football.

In the end, the club’s hierarchy decided to make a change and sacked Warburton. He left the club feeling that he had met the objectives which were set for him at the start of the campaign.

Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, the Queens Park Rangers manager said: “I was really angry about how it came about. We were set targets and achieved every one. The size of the squad was down, the average age was down.

 

“So that happened and I was really angry; you have to deal with that anger. It had come as a complete and utter shock.”

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Future

Since then, Aitor Karanka has been and gone, and Sabri Lamouchi has now been handed the task of guiding the Reds back into the Premier League. Lamouchi has certainly made a promising start, with the Reds currently sat in the play-off places.

Warburton had to bide his time after leaving the City Ground. He eventually made a return to management with QPR this summer. There’s no doubt that he has made a superb start at Loftus Road in his new job.

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Rangers are currently sat above the Reds in the Championship by one point. They have won five of their opening eight games, losing just twice.

The Reds aren’t due to face QPR until the end of November at Loftus Road. It’ll certainly have a bit of extra spice due to Warburton’s former affiliation with the club. The reverse fixture at the City Ground is due to take place in February next year.

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