Warnock’s 8 best moments as veteran boss reaches record for most games managed

Neil Warnock reached a landmark tally of matches as a manager on Tuesday night as he took charge of his 1,602nd match in Middlesbrough's loss to Luton Town.

The 72-year-old overtook former Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi to become the man with the most games managed in English professional football.

Having started his managerial career in 1980 with Gainsborough Trinity, Warnock has gone on to occupy the dugout at a further 15 clubs across the past four decades.

He has been promoted eight times during his career, including three times into the Premier League, but he is just as much known for his eccentric remarks and antics.

These include calling Phil Thompson "Pinocchio" during a match and asking Bristol City fans to chant that he is a "w*nker" when he dies.

So, here are eight of Neil Warnock's best moments:

Eyeballing the camera

Warnock provided a number of memorable moments during the 2018/19 season as his Cardiff City side battled bravely against relegation from the Premier League.

This included staring out referee Craig Pawson after an agonising late defeat to Chelsea in March 2019.

However, the most iconic Warnock moment of the season came before a match with Crystal Palace as he was filmed in the dugout before kickoff.

After spotting the camera man, Warnock walked towards it staring down the lens and channelling his inner Liam Gallagher as the clip became a social media hit.

Taking on Nuno Espirito Santo

Cardiff and Wolverhampton Wanderers contested a highly engrossing title race in the Championship during the 2017/18 season, with the two sides meeting for a pulsating match in April 2018.

Following the match, which Wolves won 1-0, Nuno Espirito Santo attempted to shake Warnock's hand only to be blanked.

Nuno then followed Warnock round the pitch as the Cardiff boss continued to ignore him and applauded the home fans instead.

Warnock then called his opposite number a "disgrace" in his post-match interview but has since gone on to praise the former Wolves boss and instead target his backroom staff.

Moaning at Muscat

During his time as Sheffield United manager, Warnock was the star of a self-titled documentary following the club's 2004/05 campaign.

The film produced enough Warnock moments to fill a list of its own but one that stands out is his reaction to a half-time scuffle in the tunnel during a match with Millwall.

Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny had been head-butted by Millwall's Kevin Muscat and the pair were sent off, causing defender Phil Jagielka to go in goal.

After United came from behind to win, Warnock took the chance to rub it in to the Millwall players as he told them "that serves you right for Muscat" as they trudged off the pitch.

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Chris Morgan

Another from the 'Warnock' documentary, Sheffield United had conceded a goal to Wolves right at the end of the first half, leading to Warnock and defender Chris Morgan getting into a heated argument in the dressing room.

Warnock was particularly incensed that Wolves defender Joleon Lescott had not been picked up from a set-piece.

The pair descend into a shouting match with Warnock pacing the dressing room, shaking his head and shouting the iconic line: "Who's marking f***ing Lescott?!"

Bristol City wish

During one of a number of memorable appearances on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday, Warnock spoke of his relationship with the fans of Cardiff's rivals, Bristol City.

“I joke with their fans that, when I do pass away, I hope they all have a minute’s applause for me at Ashton Gate and remember the good times I’ve given them,” explained Warnock.

“I don’t want silence. I want them all to be chanting ‘Warnock’s a w*nker’ over and over again. For a whole minute. That would be my ideal.”

Phil Thompson touchline row

Back in the 2002/03 season, Warnock guided Sheffield United to the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they faced Liverpool in a fiery two-legged tie.

Despite losing 3-2 on aggregate after extra-time in the second leg, Warnock did not miss the chance to have a pop at Liverpool assistant Phil Thompson.

Warnock revealed in his autobiography that during a touchline fracas he had snapped at Thompson, shouting: “You can f*** off Pinocchio, get back in your f***ing cupboard.”

Lino rant

Once again taken from the infamous documentary, Warnock lost his rag during a home defeat to Ipswich Town in February 2005.

Warnock took particular exception to the decisions of the linesman on his side of the pitch and berated the official throughout the match, even asking a substitute to warm-up just so they could abuse him.

In addition to calling the linesman "bias", he also quipped: "when you see that on telly tomorrow lino, and you see its a penalty, will you be disappointed? Or will you think 'oh I just made a mistake'."

Malky Mackay

Prior to becoming Cardiff manager, Warnock had appeared as a pundit on BT Sport for their match away to Liverpool in December 2013 and provided some advice for under pressure gaffer Malky Mackay.

To the bemusement of presenter Jake Humphrey and former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman, Warnock became one of if not the first people to use the phrase "keep your pecker up".

"I think in football, if you lose your sense of humour, you're dead, you've got no chance. He knows he's got to keep his pecker up," remarked Warnock live on air.

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