MARK WARBURTON’S plans to rebuild Nottingham Forest with young Scottish talent were scuppered when he was sacked.

The former Rangers boss took over the Championship side in March last year only a month after leaving Ibrox in acrimonious circumstances.

However, he was axed by the City Ground outfit on New Year’s Eve with the club 14th in the table and having lost 14 times, the joint second-highest number of defeats in the division.

Warburton and his assistant Davie Weir were given the boot after only nine months and 37 games at Forest

He brought in ex-Gers winger Barrie McKay for £500,000 and striker Jason Cummings from Hibs for an identical fee. Ironically, the former Easter Road frontman is now on loan at Ibrox until the end of the season.

The ex-Brentford gaffer said: “You always say when you leave a club, did you leave it in better shape.

“Some supporters might disagree, but we avoided relegation by two goals and we wanted to create a young squad.

“We went very young with the likes of Jason Cummings and Barrie McKay coming in.

“The average age of the squad in the last two games was 23.

“You have to look at it and say we had some disappointing results at home like Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday and they cost you.

“The expectations are so high at every club in the Championship and the games come thick and fast.

“Every fixture is a real challenge and you have a couple of bad results and you inevitably pay the price.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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