Neil Warnock pays tribute to fan reception at West Brom in last game as Middlesbrough boss
Neil Warnock was delighted by the reception he received at The Hawthorns on Saturday, but the 72-year-old was less impressed by the West Brom team.
Warnock’s last game as Middlesbrough manager saw his side claim a point in a 1-1 draw after Grady Diangana cancelled out Josh Coburn’s first-half opener.
It was confirmed after the game that ‘Boro had parted ways with Warnock, with the news broken to the ex-Sheffield United hero before the game.
Speaking via talkSPORT [10/11/21] four days later, Warnock was full of admiration for the reception he received post-match.
“What happened on Saturday, I think if there was a time to finish I can’t think of a better way of doing it in front of your fans at West Brom,” he said. “I think it was amazing. The players were absolutely amazing and the fans were. That was the most moving thing I’ve had.”
“I said ‘what I want you to do is I want you to go out there and show me how good you are against one of the best in the league today’.
“We should have won the game against West Brom and I thought we played more football than them as well.”
Warnock has been unpopular among the Baggies faithful for 19 years after the ‘Battle of Bramall Lane’ in 2002, when his Blades side had numerous players sent off against West Brom.
As usual, he was the pantomime villain on Saturday as home fans jeered his every action.
He took it in good faith, but it’s interesting to hear his comments on talkSPORT after what could very well be his last game as a manager.
Warnock said he couldn’t “think of a better way of doing it in front of your fans at West Brom”.
Is that because he respects West Brom and the stadium? Or is it because he enjoyed taking two points away from them?
Who knows, but he wasn’t particularly complimentary of the football produced by Valerien Ismael’s side.
Warnock has never been known to play a particularly expansive style of football, but he let it know who he thought was the superior side on Saturday, particularly on the ball.
Is that the last Baggies will see of him at The Hawthorns?
Never say never with Warnock.
In other West Brom news, Jim White delivered his verdict after Trevor Sinclair made an Albion suggestion live on talkSPORT.