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Neil Warnock is officially retiring from football management after a record career spanning 14 clubs and over 1,600 games in 42 years in the game


Neil Warnock has confirmed his retirement from football management after a record 42-year career.

The 73-year-old has taken charge of 1,603 games, the most of any manager in the history of the English game.

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Warnock’s last club was Middlesbrough and was relieved of his duties in November 2021

His celebratory career spanned 14 different clubs – Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay, Huddersfield, Plymouth, Oldham, Bury, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR, Leeds, Rotherham, Cardiff – the latest being Middlesbrough.

He left Boro by mutual agreement in November 2021 with the club sitting in 15th place in the Championship.

After his stay at the Riverside, Warnock insisted he was ‘not bothered’ by management again and was enjoying a more relaxed life at home in Cornwall.

“I don’t care about going back,” the ever-popular Warnock told talkSPORT Breakfast in December.

“Listen, [getting sacked] was a surprise, but these things happen in football.

“I was always going to pack my bags at the end of the season anyway.”

Neil Warnock is officially retiring from football management after a record career spanning 14 clubs and over 1,600 games in 42 years in the game

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Warnock has had a remarkable career and fourth officials might be relieved to no longer see him in the dugout


Speaking on Sky Sports on Saturday, Warnock gave more details about his decision to end his career.

“I just thought it was the right time, really, towards the end of the season there’s not really any work you’re going to get before,” he said.

“I had a really good race. I enjoy things I haven’t done in years, I spend a lot of time with family, my dogs, and I’ve also started cycling.

“I’m not saying the enthusiasm is gone, I haven’t lost it, but when I see some of my friends who have health problems, there comes a time when you have to let your family enjoy a little more. your time., especially my wife Sharon.

Neil Warnock is officially retiring from football management after a record career spanning 14 clubs and over 1,600 games in 42 years in the game

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Warnock’s last spell in the Premier League was with Cardiff

“When you’re a manager you’re very selfish, you take your work home whether you’re upstairs or downstairs and it’s very difficult for your wife and children.

“It’s hard to replicate the final whistle when you’ve won a game, there’s nothing like that in normal life, and you have to realize you’re not going to get that buzz anymore in that situation. But I do a few nights at the theatre, and I imagine I’ll still be nervous in front of them!”

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