Warnock: I'll retire after next season - this job will not kill me
Published 22:29 23/02/12 By David Anderson
Neil Warnock claims he will retire at the end of next season because: “I don’t want to die on the job.”
Warnock has just signed a 15-month deal with Leeds and claims seeing Notingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty die at 53 has convinced him that this will be his last post.
He was shaken by Doughty’s sudden death, having received a voice message from him on that fateful day, and plans to quit in May 2013 to spend his retirement with his family.
Warnock, 63, said: “I read about people dying every week. Take a 53-year-old like Nigel Doughty. I spoke to Nigel on the day that he died and that shook me. I left a voice message and got one back from him.
“Football is a great sport and gives us a great living, but I do think there are more important things, if I’m honest. When something like that happens, you just have to stand back. I don’t want to die on the job.
“I want to go and see my lad play in the academy and take him fishing down in Looe. There are other things to do.”
Warnock claims he will still go, even if he won promotion with Leeds next season.
“I always said I wanted one more big challenge, but I don’t see it going on beyond the prime aim of promotion,” he said. “I would not want to go into the Premier League with Leeds or anyone else, to be honest.
“My wife doesn’t want to see me have a heart attack and have to look after me, without any quality time in between me packing up football and popping my clogs. It’s about finding a happy medium.”
Warnock is still hurt by his sacking at QPR last month and is adamant they would have survived comfortably if he had remained in charge.
“When you’ve done the job I did at QPR over the last 22 months, it does rip your guts out when you leave,” he said.
“It was by far the best job I had done in my life in the space of time I had. I believed, and still do, that we’d have been halfway up the table by the end of the season.”