Legendary football coach Warnock retires at 73

"...there comes a time where you have to let your family enjoy a little bit more of your time, in particular my wife Sharon."
Legendary football coach Warnock retires at 73

Legendary English football coach, Neil Warnock, has announced his retired on Satureday at the age of 73.

Warnock, according to AFP, charge for an English league club record 1,603 matches spanning 16 teams.

The Englishman who enjoyed a 42-year career in management cut ties with second-tier Championship club Middlesbrough by mutual consent in November.

"I just thought it was the right time, really, coming towards the end of the season, there's not really a job you're going to get before then," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm not saying the enthusiasm's gone, I've not lost that, but when I see some of my friends who are struggling health wise, there comes a time where you have to let your family enjoy a little bit more of your time, in particular my wife Sharon."

Warnock, considered a promotion specialist, has often divided opinion among fans.

His aggressive staredown of a television camera before a 2018/19 Premier League game as Cardiff manager became an internet sensation and he was also well known for berating officials who ruled against his sides.

Warnock's odyssey took him from non-league football to the Premier League, achieving promotion to England's top flight with Sheffield United, QPR and Cardiff.

But he said Saturday it was time for a change of lifestyle.

"When you're a manager you're very selfish, you take your job home with you whether you're on a high or a low and it's very difficult for your wife and kids," he explained.

"It's hard to replicate the final whistle when you've won a game, there's nothing quite like that in normal life, and you have to realise you're not going to get that buzz again in that situation.

"But I'm doing a couple of evenings in the theatre, and I imagine I'll still be nervous before them!"

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