Neil Warnock reveals how Steve Gibson persuaded him to stay at Middlesbrough and his message for supporters

Neil Warnock says it would have been difficult to leave Middlesbrough without seeing fans inside the Riverside.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 12:42 pm

The 72-year-old has signed a new deal to remain as Boro boss for the 2021/22 season following a meeting with chairman Steve Gibson.

"It wasn't really in doubt," said Warnock when asked about the decision.

"I've enjoyed my time here and achieved what I wanted to so far.

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Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock.

"Steve is as big a supporter as he's ever been, and he told me - you've not seen anything until you've seen a full Riverside.

"It'll be great to have the fans back when we can - that's what we all want and it can't come quick enough. You can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but let's be careful until we get there.

"I think we can all look forward now - at my age you know you're not staying on to make up the numbers and I thrive on success, and that's what I'll be striving for."

Warnock did have to consider his family's situation but says his wife Sharon encouraged him to carry on.

“The big thing was Sharon, health-wise,” Warnock added. “She will be going home now and be coming up for long weekends. Hopefully it will work out well and we can have one more go.”

“She was the one who said you should do it.”

Boro could still finish in the play-offs this season, yet Warnock admits their chances are slim.

The Teessiders are five points off the top six with 12 games to go but Warnock hasn’t given up on his side's chances.

“You should never refuse going up,” said Warnock. “I’d rather go up now and I think we should be another ten to twelve points better off.

"I’m disappointed we are not higher up, we have been our own worst enemy at times and had bad decisions this season and it is frustrating for me.

"There are still some players at the club who are playing for their futures as well.

"I want everyone in the area to get behind us next season and let's have a right go."

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