Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock set a new record for the most games managed in English football.
Eight promotions, 14 different Clubs and 1,602 games later, the Boro boss beat Dario Gradi’s record, after equalling former Crewe Alexandra manager’s all-time high at the weekend when the Sky Bet Championship side hosted Birmingham City.
Despite the result yesterday evening – with the Teessiders falling to a 3-1 defeat to Luton Town at Kenilworth Road – the fixture marked a new milestone for Warnock.
A record-breaking 1,602nd game as a manager in English professional football for Neil Warnock tonight, achieving a record eight promotions in that time.— EFL (@EFL) November 2, 2021
What a career! 👏#EFL pic.twitter.com/WnPe25rw6k
From winning his first EFL promotion with Scarborough back in 1986/87 against all odds, to helping Cardiff City back to the Premier League more recently in 2017/18, Warnock boasts one of the most decorated CVs in the game.
The Sheffield-born boss, who celebrates his 73rd birthday at the beginning of December, joined Middlesbrough from Cardiff in the summer of 2020, and Warnock thanked the Boro chairman for the role he played in his career.
“I’m very proud to have done this,” he said, speaking pre-match. “I owe a lot to Steve Gibson because I wouldn’t have carried on in football if he hadn’t had made that phone call.
“I had no idea about the record until two weeks ago if I’m honest. Somebody told me I’ve got another record in 14 or 15 League games, so I’ve just got to keep my job for a few months and do the best I can!
“I’ve enjoyed it here. The majority of fans know how difficult it’s been and they’re right with me. I’ve put more smiles on people’s faces than gloomy looks – I think that’s why I’ve lasted so long. That’s how I see life and that’s how I see football.”
Congratulations, Neil Warnock!