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Neil Warnock wanted to manage Hearts or Hibs to challenge Celtic and Rangers – Aberdeen give him the chance



Neil Warnock has held 20 different positions during his more than 40-year managerial career. Despite having a strong desire to work in Scotland, he played and managed football in England for his entire playing career. To take that chance, the 75-year-old is set to exit retirement once more.

On Sunday night, Warnock made his way to Aberdeen, prepared to take over at Pittodrie until the end of the campaign. He is in advanced discussions with the Pittodrie board and will be confirmed as manager in lieu of Barry Robson, barring any unforeseen circumstances. He declared he would not work again after leaving Huddersfield Town in September of last year, but he is hesitant to pass up the chance to go to Scotland.

Warnock expressed his desire to have a go at the Scottish Premiership in a 2019 interview with the Edinburgh News. He originally hoped to take the managerial chair at Hibs or Hearts in order to challenge Celtic and Rangers. However, he also admired Aberdeen following their 1980s halcyon days and previously applied for the job there.
Warnock remarked, “I’ve always fancied one of them—Hibs and Hearts.” “I find it appealing that they are neighbors up there. With all due respect to the two titans, I have always been the underdog and have always wished I could have a squad that could compete with Celtic and Rangers.

“It used to be like that. Although Rangers haven’t been as strong as they once were, I’m reminded of what Aberdeen accomplished years ago. It was unprecedented, didn’t it? To get anything like that going would be pleasant. The money really isn’t there for Hearts and Hibs to compete with the two Glasgow clubs, so you’d have to rely on team spirit and unity and all that.”



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