Neil Warnock Boro's Red Adair
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 23 Jun 2020 18:35:00
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Neil Warnock swept into town, with a smile and a bag full of experience to save Boro's Championship status. He loves the challenge of pitting himself against these sorts of scenario's he told this afternoon's ZOOM press conference. Eight games left and he says he will give it his best shot to keep us up. And that is what he will demand from his players. You cannot ask for more than that.

Neil Warnock travelled up from his home in Cornwall to meet with Steve Gibson, someone he admitted to admire.

“I had more or less retired in my mind, but what an opportunity, eight games without anyone booing me.”

Warnock may well go down in history as the manager of a team that the fans never actually see in the flesh. But he wanted to help out a club owner he has always admired.

“At this moment in time I could not resist the opportunity of helping out.”

“We are down there for a reason. Big clubs have gone down before but having said that we have got eight games.”

Warnock has brought his own assistants in, his lieutenants he described them as.

They took an afternoon session today after Warnock was cleared from COVID. Itself, along with the ZOOM press conference, Neil's first ever a sign of the very difficult times.


Warnock hopes that football and a Boro revival can give everyone a lift after these trying months.

“First session today. And now all it is for the rest of the season is about trying to get enough points.”

Warnock is a specialist at that points bagging at the pressure end.

“It is difficult but other clubs have got difficulty as well, there are maybe six or seven clubs in trouble and there are a lot of points to play for with eight games to go. End of season run in is really difficult, teams have got a lot of pressure on them not just ourselves in a precarious position. It does take a lot out of you.”

How can he give the team a lift? Maybe because of the way he thrives off these situations.

“This is why I am still in it I love that challenge. I have always got on really well with 'Our' fans, the fans up here. I think it is an opportunity to put a little bit back. I would like to see Middlesbrough stay in that division and build for the future.”

He will be keeping it simple, restoring lost confidence and bringing all his many, many years in the game to bear in helping us stay in this division.

“They are in that position for a reason and it is OK saying we have lots of ability but ability doesn't win games. You have got to have more in your locker and I am hoping to instal that in the team. Not worry about the odd set back. We just have to get enough points to have a good late summer and then the club can build for next year.”

Warnock was asked. Can you do it, can you keep Boro up?
Neil - replied - "I wouldn't have come if I didn't think I could. I should be called Red Adair. I always get trouble shooting jobs, rather than being mid table and nothing to play for. You need that little something on the edge. That is what I have missed... and I will be doing my very best."

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