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The manager wishes he had taken the job at Sunderland or Rangers

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Neil Warnock has expressed regret at missing out on managerial positions at Sunderland and Rangers after announcing his retirement from football, Speaking to talkSPORT (April 14, 9:25 am).

Black Cats boss Alex Neil was not even born when Warnock began his extended coaching career in relative obscurity at Gainsborough Trinity over four decades ago.

After 41 years, 18 different clubs, eight promotions and a record 1,603 games, the former Middlesbrough, QPR, Sheffield United and Leeds boss has finally hung up the whistle and put away his clipboard.

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Now Warnock has come out of retirement more times than a grizzled 1980s action hero – “One Last Job” has almost become the 73-year-old’s motto – but this time he seems to be giving up the game for good.

And as he reflects on a remarkable career that has taken him from the depths of non-league to the dizzying heights of the top flight, Warnock admits there are still a few gaps in his CV long enough to fill the Bayeux Tapestry to fill.

“Well, there were one or two,” explains the most successful manager in English football. “I turned down Chelsea, which was a big deal at the time. I probably should have gone to Sunderland.

“Bristol City have always been one of them, even though I’ve competed against their fans I’ve always respected them deep down. This is a big mistake for me. Sheffield Wednesday, I almost went here once.

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“And rangers! I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland. I applied for the job in Aberdeen but never got a reply! And once Hearts.”

Corresponding The chronicleWarnock only expressed “interest” in the Sunderland job in February after Lee Johnson was handed his P45 following a humiliating 6-0 defeat by Bolton Wanderers.

With five wins in their last seven games, Sunderland’s decision to hand the reins to Neil – a man 33 years Warnock’s junior – is beginning to look like a stroke of genius.

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In other news, Report: West Ham & Wolves said they would have to pay £58m to sign Bielsa target, who are being described as ‘unique’.

https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/14/i-shouldve-gone-manager-wishes-hed-taken-sunderland-or-rangers-job/ The manager wishes he had taken the job at Sunderland or Rangers

Brian Ashcraft

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