Neil Warnock is getting set to come out of retirement with a managerial job role until the end of the season according to reports.
Sportsmail first revealed that the 74-year old signed a deal, making a remarkable return to football as Huddersfield Town manager, currently a heavy favourite with the bookies.
After 42 years of service, he retired in April 2022 and promised not to return to his dugout. By mutual consent, he had left Middlesbrough in November 2021.
The Terriers, who are in desperate fight to avoid being relegated from the Championship, have turned to the Yorkshireman for help, and it seems he’s ready to return to the touchline. You just can’t keep this man away from doing what he loves so much.
Warnock was offered a contract until the end of the season, and if this happens, the situation will be re-examined.
Warnock will make an apparent U-turn and return to Huddersfield where he was first manager in 1993.
𝑾𝑬𝑳𝑪𝑶𝑴𝑬 𝑩𝑨𝑪𝑲, 𝑵𝑬𝑰𝑳 👋
✍️ We are delighted to confirm that Neil Warnock agreed to return to the Club as Manager on a short-term contract!
🗣️ “I’m really excited about this challenge!”
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) February 13, 2023
It is expected that the news will be well received by the fans. After overseeing their 1995 promotion at the John Smiths Stadium, Warnock is highly respected by the club’s supporters. After their play-off win, Warnock resigned.
Huddersfield fell to second bottom on Saturday after a 1-0 defeat at Wigan. They are now one point away from safety. Cardiff City, one of Warnock’s former clubs, occupies the spot outside of the drop zone.
The Terriers got rid of Mark Fotheringham, their head coach, earlier this month and on Tuesday, they will take on Stoke City away from home.
Warnock is currently overseas so it is unlikely that he will be able to make it to the dugout. Birmingham City will be Huddersfield’s opponents at the weekend.
Neil Warnock has agreed to return to Huddersfield Town as First Team Manager for the rest of the 2022/23 season!
Neil will cut short a spell overseas to return to England and take the reins at the club for a second time from Thursday, when he will oversee training for the first time at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex.
Warnock will be joined at the club by another returning Town legend – Ronnie Jepson! The popular former striker, who has worked alongside Neil in a coaching capacity previously, will become Assistant Manager.
Interim Head Coach Narcís Pèlach will take Wednesday’s Sky Bet Championship game at Stoke City before returning to his previous role under Warnock.
Neil needs no real introduction to Town fans, having previously managed the club between 1993 and 1995. In his first season, he led the team to the Autoglass Trophy Final at Wembley – our first visit to the national stadium since 1938 – before taking us there again in the following campaign to secure passage to the division now known as the Sky Bet Championship through a pulsating Play-Off Final win.
That is one of eight promotions that Neil has enjoyed during a legendary managerial career – a record in the EFL – and although he officially retired in April 2022, he has decided to return to West Yorkshire to try and guide Town out of the relegation zone.
On his return to management at Huddersfield Town, Neil commented:
“I’m really excited about this challenge!
“My first spell at Huddersfield Town had everything; we went to Wembley twice, moved into the new stadium, and really built the club from nothing. It was a special time.
“I’m coming back to help the club, but also Dean Hoyle. I know what he has done behind-the-scenes and I’ve always had a lot of time for him.
“I’ve looked at the fixtures and we’ve got some fantastic games to come. I want to come back and put smiles on faces!”
Huddersfield Town’s Managing Director Dave Baldwin added:
“In my conversations with Neil over the last few days, it was very clear how much care he has for this club and its fans, and it is that mix that was all-important in his decision to take this position.
“We clearly have a big challenge ahead of us in our remaining games, with a very clear objective, and Neil’s vast experience and knowledge will be a massive boost as we face that head-on.
“His relationship with this club should also really galvanise the players and the supporters. That unity will be of the upmost importance between now and the end of the season; we all need to pull in the same direction to achieve our goal.”
Here’s the fan reaction with Neil Warnock set to come out of retirement to take up a managerial job until the end of the season…
@PaulWri08391440: Absolutely brilliant cannot wait now watch out championship leaders
@JTedders92: @warnockofficial Mrs Warnock clearly sick of him being around the house all the time. Good luck at Huddersfield!
@chris2400: Well done Sharon…. she’s probably had enough
@MichuBacca: Unlucky Sharon, you had a good 10 months at least.
@B_Hutchison: I love Warnock so much. He truly hates having to spend any time with his family
@rhyslloydyy: ‘Just one more job Sharon’ Get all the cameras there, Netflix Amazon BT Sport who cares. Neil Warnock: Last Dance
@MattyHC5: neil warnock mudding one last club before he calls it a day, gotta respect it.
@lhaighy1: If anyone can save this club @warnockofficial can
@PabloAnon010: Neil Warnock back in management. Things you love to see. 😂😂
@JTSHEEPS35: Neil Warnock will die at the side of a football pitch, the only football manager ever to manage blades that I’ll actually like
@oldbob1944: If you’re going to die anywhere it may as well be the dugout. Welcome back to football Neil Warnock shame it’s not down Filbert St. Cheers bob @warnockofficial
@MattyCrowe14: Sean Dyche and Neil Warnock getting managerial jobs in recent weeks, the beautiful game isn’t dying just yet
@LewisThompson7: The bottom two in the Championship are now managed by Neil Warnock and Mick McCarthy, at a combined age of 138, you just can’t keep them both away from football ha!
@HTFTV8: NEIL WARNOCK IS ACTUALLY COMING HOME 😭😍💙 More than one reliable source saying its true and an announcement is imminent 😍 If anyone can provide us with a miracle its definitely Neil 🎉 #htafc
@RyanHTAFC8: OMGGGG NEIL WARNOCK IS COMING!!! HE IS THE MAN TO SAVE US AND IF ANYONE CAN PROVIDE US WITH A MIRACLE ITS DEFINITELY HIM YASSSSS 😍💙😭 #htafc
@Mikeyccfc: That’s them safe then. Cardiff are definitely getting relegated 😥
@Jgallagher7: @QPR well done on letting this man pass us again, or maybe shitting on him twice he would not have come back anyway, this appointment makes huddersfield safe. Qpr have critchley 🤯 league 1 here we come
@Aaronhughes_64: Neil Warnock doing his best to send Cardiff down. Things you love to see
@absolute_ws: You’ve got to die for 3 points!! One last dance?? @htafc @warnockofficial
@CraigyBoyBes: The year is 2035 & Neil Warnock comes out of his 18th retirement at the age of 86 to take over a struggling Championship side until the end of the season
@CallumDenton8: @warnockofficial I love you mate. One last dance, tell the mrs the whole of Huddersfield thanks her
@jaisinghhhh: If Warnock can’t motivate the players, then no one can. Truly a last chance saloon for Town #htafc
@Tom_Hancock_: Neil Warnock said in *2007* that the Crystal Palace job would be his last. Huddersfield will be his seventh job since then. Never change, Colin.
@shelchenko: Neil Warnock is going to put the players through exactly what every fan wants to 🤣 #htafc
@TonyUpNorth: Buzzing it’s Warnock, should be a perfect fit to guide us to safety #htafc
@MikeyHobson3: You absolutely love to see it
@LeaAl83: Buzzin for Town! Warnock should bring back some fight…I’ll always think of that changing room vid with a young Boothy and Jepson! 🔵⚪️ Do feel for Sharon though….. just a few more weeks and you can have him back 😊 #htafc #warnockreturns
@DanJames2203: Bring on the “final challenge” #htafc
— Henri (@HenriSaddler) February 13, 2023
— Con (@mossco1996) February 13, 2023