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Neil Warnock won’t rule out return but "doesn’t miss" jeers Gareth Southgate got

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Neil Warnock has admitted that he misses the buzz of management just two months after calling time on his career having received several offers before signing up for an upcoming live audience tour.

The 73-year-old, who announced his retirement in April, managed Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR, Cardiff and Middlesbrough among others and is ready to talk about his eight promotions and Premier League experiences on a five-date tour that takes him around the country.

Speaking to Daily Star Sport ahead of his first show at Cardiff's St David's Hall on September 6, Warnock admits that he has missed the excitement that comes with preparing for a new season as a manager, but doesn't miss the kind of reception that was aimed at Gareth Southgate during the recent internationals.

Warnock said when asked if he will never be able to completely rule out a return: "I think so yeah! I'll be there with my white stick won't I!"

Before adding: "You do miss the bug and the adrenaline, I watched Jonny Bairstow's innings (of 136 in England's test match victory over New Zealand on June 14) and it was just unbelievable. I do miss things like that in sport."

Adding when asked if he has had offers: "Yeah! I've had a few offers as you would expect, people saying 'you've retired Neil (but) would you consider this or that'.

"But I'm going to do these tour evenings and I'm looking forward to that because I've got so many funny stories about managers that I've not told people before."

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One regret Warnock has about his extended career is not having a go at international management, despite feeling sad for the treatment Southgate was given earlier in the month.

He says: "When I watch the internationals I wish I would've had a go, it's something I think I should've tried. But the thing is – I was never really out of work long.

"My Mrs used to say early on in my career 'why don't you get the sack and get a payoff like these other people?'"

Warnock, who is ready to talk about the highs and lows of his career including clashes with supporters, admits that the backlash can at times leave a manager feeling horrible.

He continues: "When I watched that game… I don't miss that type of reception that Gareth got. It's a horrible feeling.

"I don't think anybody could've done any better than Gareth over the last few years and although the Nations League came from a good idea but for me it's just like pre-season friendlies.

"You just don't get into them, it's not life or death like the next two games before the World Cup where there is something to prove.

"The players just want to get off on holiday after such a long season."

England lost 1-0 to Hungary before drawing 1-1 with Germany and 0-0 with Italy, ending their camp with a dismal 4-0 defeat in which John Stones saw red.

The Three Lions have only two fixtures remaining before their World Cup campaign gets underway against Iran on November 21 – and Warnock knows it won't be plain sailing.

Adding: "The problem Gareth's got is having a big group of youngsters, they can play with no fear when it's going well but as soon as they hit a sticky patch the confident saps so quickly.

"It's all about how they recover now, because when they come back for the next camp they are still going to be a little bit short of confidence because of what's happened.

"Gareth himself has got to be really positive and think about what they can do and put it to bed."

Warnock's Are You With Me? tour kicks off in Cardiff's St David's Hall on September 6 and heads to Sheffield, Huddersfield and Plymouth before finishing in Scarborough on November 19.

The veteran boss promises to talk about his 16 clubs and eight promotions, that took him from non-league to the Premier League, while revealing untold stories from his extended career.

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  • Premier League
  • Gareth Southgate
  • England Football Team
  • Championship

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