Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’

David Hills on 12 January 2019

Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations – insisting a clean exit from the EU will be better for Britain “football-wise”, and “in every aspect”.

The Cardiff City manager, speaking following his side’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield, dismissed claims that Brexit will make it harder for Premier League clubs to sign players – then called on Theresa May to deliver on the referendum result.

“I think once the country knows what they’re doing, it will be straightforward [to make signings] … Any transfer window is difficult for me, not just this one.”

He continued: “I don’t know why politicians don’t do what the country wants, if I’m honest. They had a referendum and now we see different politicians and everyone else trying to put their foot in it … Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?

“I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect. Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”

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Cardiff currently sit 17th in the Premier League, with the performance against bottom club Huddersfield underlining why Warnock is keen to add to his squad during the current transfer window.

“We’ve got three main targets now,” he said, “but we thought we had a midfielder signed last week and that fell through. I don’t think you can say anything until they’re actually sat in your office signing the papers.

“Agents get a sniff elsewhere, with better deals. That’s the job we’re in at the minute … I don’t think the chairman has ever worked so hard to get me players.”

Warnock was also asked about the Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa’s admission that he had sent a member of staff to spy on Derby’s training session before Friday’s Championship meeting between the two clubs.

“Funny, weren’t it?” said Warnock. “I mean he says they do it all over the world. Listen, I hope they come and watch us, it will confuse them. They are quite welcome to come and watch us train.”

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