20th February 2018
Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton to speak at UCFB Taster Day event
UCFB is delighted to announce that former Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton will be appearing at the upcoming UCFB Etihad Campus Taster Day.
Warburton, who has also previously managed Brentford and Nottingham Forest, will appear at UCFB Etihad Campus on Friday 23rd February.
He will talk to guests about his career in football, as well as pass on invaluable advice to aspiring sports industry professionals.
In what has been a very short managerial career so far, Warburton has built a reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the game – despite his age of 55.
A playing career which saw him in the non-leagues, Warburton’s love of football never left him after leaving the game to become a trader in the City. Since moving into football, he has often drawn parallels between his two careers including communication, man management and competition.
His first coaching role in the game came at Watford, training the younger age groups before being appointed as academy manager in 2006. He left Vicarage Road in 2010. From here, Warburton helped to establish the NextGen Series – an U19 cup competition featuring some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
It was at NextGen where Warburton met Brentford owner Matthew Benham, who later asked him to come to Brentford as a first-team coach. Later in the same season Warburton was appointed sporting director at the club. After two years in the role, he was offered the first team manager position in December 2013, and by May had led the club to automatic promotion to the Championship. Back in the second tier of football, the club made the play-offs at the end of the season but were defeated by Middlesbrough. However, it was leaked half way through the season that Warburton would be leaving the club at the end of the term due to a “remodelling” of the club’s structure.
Warburton was now in demand, and was soon appointed manager of Glasgow Rangers that summer. He led the club back to the Scottish Premier League for the first time since their demotion, and also clinched the Scottish Challenge Cup. Perhaps his biggest achievement though was winning an Old Firm derby in the Scottish Cup semi-final, beating rivals Celtic on penalties. He left the Glasgow club midway through the 2016/17 season with Rangers established back in the top tier of Scottish football.
His latest job came at Nottingham Forest, where he lasted nine months at the City Ground before leaving the club at the end of 2017.