Billy Davies admits snubbing approach to become Rangers boss before Warburton deal

Billy Davies

Billy Davies claims he rejected an approach to become Rangers manager.

Former Derby County and Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has told radio station Clyde 1 that he rejected an approach from a third party over the Rangers job last year.

Davies, 51, joined Rangers from Manchester United during his playing career, but the midfielder made just 13 appearances for the club before moving on to Sweden with Elfsborg.

In truth, the Scot's greatest successes came as a manager rather than as a player, as after a three-year spell with Motherwell, Davies moved on to become Craig Brown's assistant at Preston, eventually taking the top job at Deepdale and leading the Lilywhites to successive Championship play-off campaigns.

Davies then headed to Derby County and took them to the Premier League, and then moved on to two spells with Nottingham Forest, with two failed play-off campaigns in that time.

Now, Davies has been out of work for almost two years, and many have been wondering when he will finally return to management - and he now claims that he could have been back in football with his former club Rangers.

Speaking to radio station Clyde 1, Davies claimed that he hasn't actually applied for any jobs since leaving Forest in March 2014, but did have contact with a third party offering him the Rangers job.

Davies suggested that he snubbed the approach, citing that there was 'too much politics, too little football' at Ibrox, and the Gers eventually appointed Mark Warburton as their manager last summer.

"Let me confirm that in the last two years I haven’t applied for one job and when I looked at the Rangers situation there were many different factions involved in trying to take over," said Davies. "There was all this speculation about all these different names that were involved. In my opinion, too much politics, too little football."

"This was an unstable club at that time, and there’s absolutely no doubt, under the present circumstances, that the current chairman and board have to micromanage. I didn’t think that it was time for me to step into that type of environment. Good luck to anybody else that does, good luck to anybody else that wanted to take on that. That’s their decision."

"I was approached by a third party. In this business you get approached by third parties, third party press, third party agent, third party connection. Was Davies approached by a third party or third parties in relation to the Rangers situation? Yes, I was. Did Davies apply for the job or did Davies’ advisors have any conversation in relation to the job? No, they didn’t," he added.

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