Neil Warnock has announced his retirement from management, putting an end to a 42-year career in which he won a record number of Football League promotions and officiated an unprecedented 1,603 games.
The 73-year-old left Middlesbrough, his 16th other club, by mutual consent in November and told Sky Sports on Saturday he would not return to the coaching bench.
“I just thought it was really the right time, towards the end of the season, there’s not really a job that you’re going to get before that,” he said on football Saturday.
“I had a really good run. I enjoy things I haven’t done in years, I have lots of time with family, my dogs and I’ve also taken up cycling.
“I’m not saying the enthusiasm has gone, I haven’t lost it, but seeing some of my friends who are struggling with health comes a time when you need to give your family a little bit more time, especially my wife Sharon .”
Known for his frank opinion, particularly towards officials, Warnock made a career of instilling fighting spirit in his teams and oversaw eight promotions.
After retiring from playing to become a manager at the age of 30, the former winger started his managerial career at Gainsborough before joining Burton.
He led Scarborough to the Football League in 1987 and then won back-to-back promotions to take Notts County to the First Division in 1991.
Warnock’s third promotion to the Football League came in 1995 with Huddersfield, only for him to quit days later and move to Plymouth, which he would lead to promotion from the Third Division 12 months later.
Although relegation followed with Oldham and Bury, Warnock was handed off to his youth club Sheffield United in 1999 and won promotion to the Premier League in 2006, finishing runners-up in the Championship.
However, he left the club a year later – ending the longest stint of his career at a single club – after being relegated against Wigan on the final day of the season.
Warnock returned to management with Crystal Palace and led QPR to the Premier League in 2011. After spells at Leeds and Rotherham, Warnock led Cardiff to the Premier League in 2018 before retiring from Middlesbrough.
But Warnock said it was now time to focus on other things.
“As a manager you are very selfish, you take your job home whether you are at a high or low and it is very difficult for your wife and children,” he added.
“It’s hard to repeat the final whistle when you’ve won a game, there’s nothing quite like it in real life and you have to realize that you’re not going to get that excited again in that situation. But I’m doing a couple of evenings at the theater and I can imagine I’ll be nervous before that!”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/ive-had-a-good-run-neil-warnock-retires-from-management-after-42-years-41537095.html “I’ve had a good run” – Neil Warnock retires from management after 42 years