Maurice Ross leaves Notts County just five weeks after arriving after bust-up with player

Former Rangers and Wolves defender Maurice Ross leaves Notts County five weeks after starting as assistant manager… as he apologises for mystery ‘ill-judged comment’ following bust-up with a player

  • Maurice Ross has left Notts County just five weeks after arriving as a coach
  • The ex-Scotland international has left after bust-up with a player at weekend
  • Ross has apologised for ‘ill-judged comment’ and says he is ‘devastated’ 

Former Rangers and Wolves full-back Maurice Ross has resigned from his role as Notts County assistant manager following a bust-up with a player, just five weeks after starting his new role.

The 40-year-old has been a coach for eight years after hanging up his boots at a young age, but was only brought in to Notts County just over a month ago in a bid to boost their promotion hopes.

That has failed spectacularly though, with Ross immediately coming out to apologise for a mysterious ‘ill-judged comment’ made to an unnamed player during the draw at Altrincham at the weekend.

Maurice Ross (right) has left Notts County just five weeks after arriving following a bust-up

In a statement, the ex-Scotland international said: ‘During Saturday’s match at Altrincham, I made an ill-judged comment to a member of our playing staff which has led to my departure from the club.

‘I deeply regret the comment, which is not a reflection of the type of person I am, and would like to place on record my apologies to the player in question for the upset I have caused.

‘While it was said in the heat of the moment with no malice intended, it was nevertheless unacceptable and I’m devastated by the impact it’s caused.

‘I would also like to apologise to the club’s board of directors, supporters and Ian Burchnall, all of whom I have enjoyed working with immensely.

‘The club have handled today’s events impeccably and everyone at Meadow Lane has my full support for the rest of the season and beyond.

Ross (second left) has apologised for the 'ill-judged comment' he made to one of the players

Ross (second left) has apologised for the ‘ill-judged comment’ he made to one of the players

‘I will be taking some time to reflect on my actions and learn from this experience before continuing my coaching journey.’

County had earlier revealed: ‘Assistant head coach Maurice Ross has this afternoon left the club with immediate effect.

‘We will be making no further comment.’

Ross has left the club just five weeks in to a four-and-a-half-year contract, which he signed in March with the aim of helping the club back into the Football League.

Ross played for Rangers early in his career, making 108 appearances across seven seasons

He then went on to play for the likes of Wolves (pictured) and Millwall in England

Ross played for the likes of Rangers (left), Wolves (right) and Millwall before retiring in 2013

The move saw him come in to work under new boss Burchnall, who had previously tried to sign Ross as a player for Norwegian side Viking Stavanger.

Ross hung up his boots in 2013 and began his coaching career in Scandinavia, managing Sola, Egersunds, TB/FC Suduroy/Royn and Vikingur across a five-year spell.

The Notts County assistant manager’s job was his first coaching role in English football.

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Maurice Ross sacked by Notts County for gross misconduct just five weeks after arriving

Former Rangers and Wolves defender Maurice Ross sacked by Notts County for gross misconduct just five weeks after starting assistant manager role… as he apologises for mystery ‘ill-judged comment’ following ugly bust-up with one of his players

  • Maurice Ross has left Notts County just five weeks after arriving as a coach
  • The ex-Scotland international was sacked for gross misconduct after bust-up
  • Ross has apologised for ‘ill-judged comment’ he made to a player on Saturday
  • Ex-Rangers and Wolves man says he is ‘devastated by the impact he caused’ 

Former Rangers and Wolves full-back Maurice Ross has been sacked as Notts County assistant manager following a bust-up with a player, just five weeks after starting his new role.

The 40-year-old has been a coach for eight years after hanging up his boots at a young age, but was only brought in to Notts County just over a month ago in a bid to boost their promotion hopes.

That has failed spectacularly though, with Ross immediately coming out to apologise after having his contract terminated for gross misconduct.

Maurice Ross (right) has been sacked by Notts County for gross misconduct after a bust-up

Ross leaves Ian Burchnall’s management team under a dark cloud, following a bust-up with an unnamed player during the draw at Altrincham at the weekend.

In a statement, the ex-Scotland international said: ‘During Saturday’s match at Altrincham, I made an ill-judged comment to a member of our playing staff which has led to my departure from the club.

‘I deeply regret the comment, which is not a reflection of the type of person I am, and would like to place on record my apologies to the player in question for the upset I have caused.

‘While it was said in the heat of the moment with no malice intended, it was nevertheless unacceptable and I’m devastated by the impact it’s caused.

‘I would also like to apologise to the club’s board of directors, supporters and Ian Burchnall, all of whom I have enjoyed working with immensely.

‘The club have handled today’s events impeccably and everyone at Meadow Lane has my full support for the rest of the season and beyond.

Ross (second left) has apologised for the 'ill-judged comment' he made to one of the players

Ross (second left) has apologised for the ‘ill-judged comment’ he made to one of the players

‘I will be taking some time to reflect on my actions and learn from this experience before continuing my coaching journey.’

County had earlier revealed: ‘Assistant head coach Maurice Ross has this afternoon left the club with immediate effect.

‘We will be making no further comment.’

Ross has left the club just five weeks in to a four-and-a-half year contract, which he signed in March with the aim of helping the club back into the Football League.

The move saw him come in to work under new boss Burchnall, who had previously tried to sign Ross as a player for Norwegian side Viking Stavanger.

Ross hung up his boots in 2013 and began his coaching career in Scandinavia, managing Sola, Egersunds, TB/FC Suduroy/Royn and Vikingur across a five-year spell.

The Notts County assistant manager’s job was his first coaching role in English football.

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Rio Ferdinand’s agent questions why Ryan Giggs didn’t make Hall of Fame shortlist and John Terry did

Rio Ferdinand’s agent Jake Mallen questions why Ryan Giggs didn’t make the Premier League Hall of Fame shortlist while John Terry did despite his 2011 race row with the former Manchester United defender’s younger brother Anton

  • The Premier League announced a 23-man shortlist for the new Hall of Fame
  • Ryan Giggs is said to have missed the list due to his impending court case 
  • The Wales manager is due in court after he was charged with three offences in which he has denied
  • Rio Ferdinand’s agent has asked why John Terry made the list and not Giggs
  • Terry was given a four-game ban for racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton
  • The former Chelsea defender though was cleared by court in July 2012 

Rio Ferdinand’s agent has questioned why Ryan Giggs has not made the Premier League’s Hall of Fame shortlist when John Terry has made the 23-man selection.

Ferdinand’s former Manchester United teammate Giggs is set to appear in court later this week after he was charged with assaulting two women and ‘controlling or coercive behaviour’.

Former Chelsea captain Terry meanwhile handed a four-game ban and fined £220,000 by The FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a match against Queen’s Park Rangers back in 2011.

Ryan Giggs is believed to have missed the Hall of Fame shortlist due to his court case

Rio Ferdinand's agent has questioned why Giggs missed the list but John Terry made it

Rio Ferdinand’s agent has questioned why Giggs missed the list but John Terry made it

The former Chelsea captain was involved in a 2011 race row with Rio's brother Anton

The former Chelsea captain was involved in a 2011 race row with Rio’s brother Anton

The case was also taken to court though the current Aston Villa assistant manager was found not guilty.

After the Premier League announced it’s 23-man shortlist on Monday evening, Jake Mallen of New Era Global Sports tweeted out about the decision to include one but not the other.

He said: ‘Ryan Giggs not on there…but John Terry racially abuses a player on the pitch but still gets selected.’

Giggs is currently Wales manager but will not be taking charge of the national team at this summer’s European Championship, with Robert Page put in temporary control.

The Welshman has protested his innocence, said he will plead not guilty in court and added that he looks forward to clearing his name. He is due at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Wednesday. 

Giggs didn’t make the list despite being the player to have won the most Premier League titles in the competition’s history.

Terry is also one of the league’s most successful ever players having won five titles as captain with Chelsea.

Terry was banned for four games by the FA though a court case cleared him of racial abuse

Terry was banned for four games by the FA though a court case cleared him of racial abuse

The incident with Anton Ferdinand came in a Premier League match held in October 2011. 

Anton Ferdinand accused Terry of saying,’You f***ing black c***, you f***ing knobhead’. 

The case went to trial in July 2012. Terry’s defence was that he thought Ferdinand had accused him of saying ‘f***ing black c***’ and he had merely repeated the words back to him, while denying he said them first.

Although the court found Terry’s version of events to be ‘unlikely’, there was sufficient doubt and he was cleared of racial abuse. 

The FA, though, required a lower burden of proof for their own investigation and two months later they found Terry – who they had already sacked as captain – guilty of racial abuse and banned him for four games.

Mallen is a commercial and media executive for New Era Global Sports, a company in which both Rio and Anton Ferdinand are ambassador and mentors. 

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Rangers 1-1 St Johnstone (2-4 on pens AET): Goalkeeper Zander Clark excels in Scottish Cup final

Rangers 1-1 St Johnstone (2-4 on pens AET): Goalkeeper Zander Clark sets up late equaliser before making two saves in penalty shoot-out as St Johnstone win the Scottish Cup

  • St Johnstone overcame Rangers on penalties as they won the Scottish Cup
  • James Tavernier put Rangers ahead in 117th minute but his side couldn’t hold on
  • St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark set up Chris Kane with a header late on
  • Clark then made two saves in the penalty shoot-out as St Johnstone prevailed
  • In addition, Clark had also made two impressive stops during the 90 minutes 

Zander Clark was a hero in both boxes for St Johnstone as Callum Davidson’s team wrecked Rangers’ double dream with a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory in the Scottish Cup.

The Saints keeper pulled off two crucial saves during a tense 90 minutes to keep Steven Gerrard’s Scottish Premiership champions at bay.

James Tavernier finally found a way past him with four minutes left of extra-time as Gers looked to have snatched the win.

Zander Clark set up a goal and saved two penalties in the shoot-out as St Johnstone prevailed

Alistair McCann scored the decisive spot-kick for St Johnstone to win the Scottish Cup

Alistair McCann scored the decisive spot-kick for St Johnstone to win the Scottish Cup

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was left dejected as his side missed out on the double

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was left dejected as his side missed out on the double

But Clark was the shock dangerman in the 122nd minute as he raced forward for a corner, with his header teeing up Chris Kane to make it 1-1.

The 28-year-old was not done there, though, as he pulled off two saves in the shoot-out, with Ali McCann’s winning kick firing the Betfred Cup winners back to Hampden.

In the process, St Johnstone became the first Scottish team to beat Rangers at Ibrox this term.

While Saints will now dream of doing their own double, the result sees Gerrard’s cup curse strike again – with the Rangers boss now failing to lift a domestic knock-out trophy in six attempts since his 2018 appointment.

St Johnstone goalkeeper Clark saves a penalty from Rangers' Kemar Roofe in the shoot-out

St Johnstone goalkeeper Clark saves a penalty from Rangers’ Kemar Roofe in the shoot-out

James Tavernier thought he had won the game for Rangers when he scored in the 117th minute

James Tavernier thought he had won the game for Rangers when he scored in the 117th minute

Tavernier celebrates but his joy was short-lived as St Johnstone quickly scored an equaliser

Tavernier celebrates but his joy was short-lived as St Johnstone quickly scored an equaliser

Like Wednesday’s league encounter between the sides, St Johnstone were given plenty of encouragement to advance on Allan McGregor’s goal as Gers took a lukewarm approach to protecting possession.

The Light Blues number one had to make a fine save as Scott Tanser connected with a first-time volley as Liam Craig pulled a corner back to the edge of the box.

Alfredo Morelos fired over from close range with the only other big chance created before the break as Filip Helander flicked on Borna Barisic’s out-swinging corner.

But most of the first-half spotlight fell on referee Alan Muir’s performance.

Clarke set up a goal for Chris Kane late on St Johnstone equalised in incredible circumstances

Clarke set up a goal for Chris Kane late on St Johnstone equalised in incredible circumstances

His first big call was to wave away Rangers penalty claims as Morelos went down insisting he had been pushed by Shaun Rooney on the quarter-hour mark.

Muir then took no action either when Stevie May ran into Helander’s outstretched arm.

MATCH FACTS 

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Helander (Simpson 111), Barisic, Aribo, Kamara, Davis (Defoe 120), Hagi (Wright 68), Morelos (Roofe 81), Kent

Subs: Itten, Stewart, McLaughlin, King

Booked: Aribo, Morelos 

Goal: Tavernier 117 

St Johnstone: Clark, Kerr, Gordon, McCart, Rooney, McCann, Craig, Wotherspoon (Bryson 71), Tanser (Booth 101), May (O’Halloran 75), Melamed (Kane 58)

Subs: Brown, Conway, Parish, Gilmour, Ferguson

Booked: Kerr, McCann, Wotherspoon, Kane 

Goal: Kane 120 

He probably got both calls right but there was no hiding the leniency he showed to David Wotherspoon as the Saints midfielder flew into Ianis Hagi with a dangerously high foot just before the interval.

There was no surprise to see Rangers return with increased intensity following their half-time chat with Gerrard.

But Morelos’ finishing was no sharper as he wasted two golden opportunities – first heading a fabulous Tavernier cross against a post before seeing Clark come up with a stunning save to deny his next effort after more impressive work out wide by Ryan Kent.

Saints substitute Michael O’Halloran almost snatched it after bundling over Helander – but saw two attempts blocked.

And the McDiarmid men had Clark to thank that they made it to extra-time as he pulled off another reflex save as Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe carved their way through the visitors with just five minutes to go.

He continued to rack up the saves, pushing away a Helander shot while McCann’s was just as heroic as he raced back to halt Kent’s blistering surge on goal.

St Johnstone spent the first additional 15 minutes under siege but it was Gers who held their breath as the second half got under way, with Rooney drilling just wide before McGregor had to make another huge save to deny O’Halloran.

Gers thought they had snatched it with four minutes left as Tavernier – just back from a two-month injury lay-off – bolted forward with four minutes remaining to head home from Joe Aribo’s cross.

Rangers defender Tavernier shows his frustration after his side lost the final on penalties

Rangers defender Tavernier shows his frustration after his side lost the final on penalties

But the drama was not done there as Clark proved just as handy in the opposition box as his own. With 122 minutes on the clock, he was incredibly allowed to wander into the six-yard box unmarked and flick on Craig’s corner for Kane to bundle home.

And Clark carried on his superman act by pushing away efforts from Tavernier and Roofe in the shoot-out as McCann’s kick took Saints back to Hampden.

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