Neil Warnock took charge of his record-breaking 1,602nd game in English league football last night as his Middlesbrough side faced Luton Town.
The 72-year-old ventured into coaching in the 1980s and has led Sheffield United, QPR and Cardiff City to the Premier League during an illustrious career.
Ever the character, the Middlesbrough manager equalled the record once held by former Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi on Saturday when he oversaw his side’s 0-2 home defeat to Birmingham City and surpassed the record on Tuesday with the trip to Luton Town.
Speaking ahead of that game, Warnock had this to say:
“I’ve been called ‘Marmite Man’ and all sorts — and that’s even your own fans. Some like you, some dislike you.”
“When you’re my age, you do get labelled — you’re ‘dinosaurs’ and all that lot, ‘long-ball merchants’.
“I look at some of the teams in our league and I’ve never been as long as them in a million years but because they’re young, they don’t get criticised.”