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Kenny McDowall spells out anger after resignation leak

By Andy Newport

Kenny McDowall admits he was surprised to see news of his Rangers resignation leaked - after claiming the club's board told him it would remain confidential.

The Ibrox caretaker handed in his 12-month notice last Thursday as he decided he'd had enough after just three games in charge, but the 51-year-old had not even informed his players that he was now working out the final days of his Gers reign when the news was leaked to the media.

McDowall claims the situation was supposed to be kept private after talks with chief executive Derek Llambias, but was then shocked to see headlines announcing his departure appear on television.

Asked if his decision was supposed to remain confidential, the former St Mirren striker said: "Yes, I tendered my resignation on the Thursday after deciding the day before I was going to do it, but it came out on TV, so the players saw it before I could get to them. I just had to tell them as it was.

"Was I surprised when it came out? Yes. I was working my notice so it was supposed it to remain in-house for 12 months."

McDowall insists it was an "honour" to manage the Ibrox side, even on an interim basis, but admits he needs a break from life at the Old Firm.

The former Celtic youth coach looked uneasy in the top job since being asked to take the team by the board last month and he admits he needs time to clear his head following eight turbulent years at Ibrox, which started when Walter Smith lured him from Parkhead to become first-team coach and then saw the club brought to its knees by the 2012 liquidation crisis.

Ally McCoist's former assistant has endured a roller-coaster existence in his short time in the Light Blues hot-seat.

He was given the job when McCoist was put on gardening leave five weeks ago and his first game ended in a 4-0 thrashing by Hibernian - the Leith side's biggest win since 1912 - but insists he has no regrets about staying on when the McCoist resigned last month

He said: "The players needed someone to take them through the week and on a Saturday. I felt that was my duty."

McDowall - who will be in charge for today's trip to Cowdenbeath - admits he is not sure if the board will follow the route they took with McCoist and axe him from the dug-out before his notice period is up.

"I have said I will honour my contract, I don't think that's really a question for me," he said.

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