Mark Warburton has told talkSPORT he did NOT resign as manager of Rangers, and only discovered he was sacked by the club when he saw the news on the television at home.
Warburton was the man who guided the Glasgow club back to the Scottish Premiership, sealing a league and cup double by winning the Championship title and Scottish Challenge Cup in his first season in charge.
But the former Brentford boss left the Ibrox in early 2017, and his exit is still shrouded in controversy.
Rangers endured a tough start to life back in the Scottish top flight under Warburton, as Celtic steamrollered their way to the Premiership title.
In February 2017, with the team sitting 27 points behind their Old Firm rivals, Rangers released a statement claiming they had ‘accepted the resignations’ of Warburton and his right-hand men David Weir and Frank McPartland.
The coach insists to this day he and his team never resigned their posts.
And Warburton has told talkSPORT he still receives abusive messages from Rangers fans who believe he quit the club to take over at Nottingham Forest, where he was appointed manager a month later.
Speaking to Jim White on Tuesday, Warburton said: “I was sitting on my sofa at 8:50pm and I saw it on Sky Sports News.
“It came as an absolute shock to me.
“I want to ram home the point that you would never walk away from a club of Rangers’ stature.
“I did not resign, absolutely not.
“What happened? That’s another story. The club maybe wanted a change, and that’s fine.
“But I still get abuse texts from many Rangers fans thinking I’ve walked away from their club.
“Myself, David Wier and Frank McPartland, all three of us left at the same time. David is in their Hall of Fame – do you think he would walk away from Rangers?
“I would never walk away from Rangers. It was a privilege to be there.”