Neil Warnock admits he is unlikely to hit 1,500-game milestone as manager and fondly recalls spell with Rotherham United

NEIL Warnock admits it is unlikely he will reach the rare feat of managing 1,500 matches after leaving Cardiff City 12 games shy of the milestone last year.

VETERAN: Neil Warnock has taken charge of 1488 games during a 40-year managerial career. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images.

The Yorkshireman has managed an incredible 15 clubs over 40 years, including the likes of Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United.

He appeared for Barnsley and Rotherham United in his playing days and later managed the Millers before taking the job at the Bluebirds.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The Sheffield-born former manager has been promoted eight times, an English football record, and earned some of those successes in his home county, taking Scarborough, Huddersfield and the Blades up a division during his time with each club.

Warnock was on course to hit the unique 1,500-match landmark before parting company with Cardiff in November, three years after joining the club, where he earned promotion to the Premier League before an immediate return to the Championship.

Few managers have surpassed the 1,500-game mark but Warnock admits he is unlikely to join that list any time soon.

"It would be a great achievement to get to 1,500 but I can't see it happening unless it is the end of the season somewhere and someone asks me to help them out," Warnock told the BBC's Friday Football Social.

"I have really enjoyed what I have been doing and it is just nice to wake up and not have the problems with 25 kids - it is like looking after 25 kids in management!"

Warnock fondly recalled his short spell in charge at Rotherham, when he helped the Millers secure safety despite them looking set for the drop in the 2015-16 season.

Rotherham were six points from safety with 16 games to go in the Championship but lost only five of their games under Warnock to stay up.

Despite the 71-year-old earning promotion eight times as a manager he insists surviving with Rotherham is one of his proudest achievements.

"I went to Rotherham and that was unbelievable," he added.

"In 16 games, we had seven out of the top eight to play and we ended up getting survival with the next to last game of the season.

"Those lads will remember those 16 games and that is as good as an achievement as I have had."

Warnock can sit back proudly on his career after achieving the three things he set out to do when he was he started out in management with Gainsborough Trinity.

"When I was at Gainsborough, I had three things in my mind. I wanted to take a team and manage them at Wembley, I wanted to manage in the top-flight and I wanted to manage Sheffield United," Warnock added.

"I managed to achieve all them. It would have been nice to stay up at Cardiff, we were given a few raw deals in the second half of the season.

"The main thing is that the majority of the fans who have been with my teams will have enjoyed it.

"I am really proud to get those eight promotions and I would have liked to have got to 1,500 games but 1,488 is not a bad go."