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Neil Warnock doesn’t rule out return and has had job offers but ‘not missing’ Southgate mockery

Neil Warnock has admitted he is missing the management buzz just two months after his career was put on hold after receiving several offers before signing on for an upcoming live tour.

The 73-year-old, who announced his retirement in April, has managed Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR, Cardiff and Middlesbrough among others and is set to talk about his eight promotions and Premier League experiences on a tour of five dates that takes him around the country.

Talk to Star Daily Sport ahead of his first show at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on September 6, Warnock admits he missed the excitement that comes with preparing for a new season as a manager, but does not miss the kind of reception that was intended for Gareth Southgate during recent internationals.

Warnock said when asked if he would ever be able to completely rule out a comeback: “I think so! I’ll be there with my white stick, won’t I!”

Before adding: “You miss the virus and the adrenaline, I watched Jonny Bairstow’s innings (out 136 in England’s win over New Zealand on June 14) and it was just unbelievable. I miss things like that in sport.”

Adding when asked if he’s had any offers: “Yeah! I’ve had a few offers as you’d expect, people saying ‘you’re retired Neil (but) would you consider this or that’ .

“But I’m going to do these tour nights and I can’t wait to be there because I have so many funny stories about managers that I’ve never told people before.”

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England manager Gareth Southgate was blamed for the 4-0 loss to Hungary

One of Warnock’s regrets about his long career is not getting into international management, despite his sadness for the treatment Southgate received earlier in the month.

He says: “When I look at internationals I wish I had tried, it’s something I think I should have tried. But the fact is I’ve never really been out of work for long.

“My Mrs used to say early in my career ‘why don’t you get fired and rewarded like those other people?'”



LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: QPR manager Neil Warnock celebrates with the trophy after winning the npower Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on May 7, 2011 in London, England.
Neil Warnock has eight promotions to his name at 16 clubs – including QPR

Warnock, who is willing to talk about the ups and downs of his career, including clashes with supporters, admits the backlash can sometimes leave a manager feeling awful.

He continues: “When I watched that game…I don’t miss that kind of reception that Gareth received. It’s a horrible feeling.

“I don’t think anyone could have done better than Gareth over the last few years and although the Nations League was born out of a good idea, but for me it’s like pre-season friendlies.



CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 06: Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock celebrates promotion by holding the trophy during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Reading at Cardiff City Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. Wales.
Neil Warnock took Cardiff to the Premier League in 2018 and almost avoided relegation

“You don’t get in there, it’s not life or death like the next two games before the World Cup where there’s something to prove.

“The players just want to go on vacation after such a long season.”

England lost 1-0 to Hungary before drawing 1-1 with Germany and 0-0 with Italy, ending their side with a dismal 4-0 defeat in which John Stones saw red.

The Three Lions have just two games left before their World Cup campaign against Iran kicks off on November 21 – and Warnock knows it won’t be easy.



Neil Warnock could face the creatures of the jungle in a future series
Neil Warnock announced his retirement in April

Adding: “Gareth’s problem is having a big group of youngsters, they can play without fear when things are going well but as soon as they hit a sticky spot the confidence saps so quickly.

“It all depends on how they recover now, because when they come back for the next camp they will still lack a bit of confidence because of what happened.

“Gareth himself needs to be really positive and think about what they can do and put it to bed.”



are you with me?  by Neil Warnock?  The tour kicks off at St David's Hall in Cardiff on September 6
are you with me? by Neil Warnock? The tour kicks off at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on September 6

from Warnock are you with me? The tour kicks off at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on September 6 and heads to Sheffield, Huddersfield and Plymouth before finishing in Scarborough on November 19.

The veteran boss promises to talk about his 16 clubs and eight promotions, which took him from the non-league to the Premier League, while revealing untold stories from his long career.

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