Former Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton has been linked with the Ipswich job which will become vacant when Mick McCarthy moves on in the summer, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

According to Alan Nixon, Mark Warburton is competing with ex-England boss Steve McClaren to succeed Mick McCarthy at Portman Road.

Warburton, 55, who has been out of work since leaving the City Ground on New Year’s Eve, is said to be interested in the job.

Warburton, appointed manager of Nottingham Forest on a two-and-a-half-year contract in March 2017, kept the club up on the last day of the season on goal difference with a 3-0 victory over Ipswich but has struggled this season with the club winning only three league matches on the road so far.

But Warburton was sacked the club leaving them 14th in the Championship, nine points above the relegation zone but 10 points off the play-off spots, won 15, drew three and lost 19 matches during his tenure in charge of the club.

Prior to this, he led Brentford from League One to promotion to the Championship in the 2013–14 season and finished the following season with the club’s best second-tier placing for 80 years. He then managed Rangers in Scotland from 2015 to 2017, winning the Scottish Championship title and the Scottish Challenge Cup in his first season.

Lincoln’s Danny Cowley – who played down the speculation linking him with Town on Thursday – remains the bookies’ favourite for the job at 6-4 with SkyBet, although would be a surprise appointment given his lack of Football League experience.

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