Neil Warnock prepared to come out of retirement if offered the Sunderland job

Football icon Neil Warnock is prepared to come out of retirement should Sunderland offer him the job.

The Black Cats' start to the season has been thrown into turmoil after Championship rivals Stoke City poached their boss Alex Neil. And the 73-year-old has thrown his name into the hat for the post – eight months after he walked away from Middlesbrough.

Warnock announced he was retiring from the Beautiful Game, but the retired life doesn't seem to be suiting the former Boro man. And according to The Sun, Warnock could be ready to come back into football with Sunderland.

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The report suggests Warnock spoke to sporting director Kristjaan Speakman, before Neil landed the Stoke role, to let him know he's interested in the role.

Warnock was close to landing the Sunderland role, in the early 90s, and he later suggested it was the biggest regret of his career. "I should have walked out at Notts County and gone to Sunderland," Warnock recalled.

"I just didn’t want to let the players down at Notts County, that’s probably my one disappointment."

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He added: "I like Bob Murray, I thought Sunderland was a fabulous club.

"My assistant Mick Jones was a mad Sunderland fan and that was probably the biggest regret I’ve had in my career not going there at the right time."


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