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Neil Warnock interview: Can the Cardiff boss pull off a miracle?

The 69-year-old completes a century of games in charge of Cardiff at home against Brighton on Saturday.

Warnock, contracted to the end of next season, said: “I look at the club as a farewell club. I dont think Ill be leaving the club and going to another.”

Only Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, 71, is older than Warnock in the top four divisions of English football.

Neil Warnock has praised “under-rated” Chris Hughton – and jokingly accused him of giving fellow managers a bad name.

The Yorkshireman is enjoying his 51st season in football in his 17th managerial job in his 39th season as a boss.

He is currently on a stringent fitness regime to ensure he is able to cope with the rigours of management and admits his health – and that of his wife Sharon – will influence how long he continues.

“When you get to my age you cant really look beyond the next few months or weeks, whatever job you are in, not just football,” said Warnock.

“I would love to keep Cardiff up and stabilise the club next year and keep them up again. Health is so important.”

Warnock admitted recent events, including the Leicester City helicopter tragedy which took the life of Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the heart attack suffered by former England manager Glenn Hoddle had prompted him to re-evaluate his priorities.

Asked whether he could be in charge for another 100 games, Warnock said: “I think that might be a little bit difficult. We will see how things go this season.

“You have seen things not just at Leicester, but Glenn Hoddle who I think is a fantastic guy. It just brings it home to you really. Its on a thread isnt it really, life?”

Cardiff are 19th in the table and Warnock believes it would be his greatest achievement if he completes the “miracle” of keeping the club in top flight.

He said: “Its been one of the happiest times of my life really. And having thought about retiring two or three times I am really glad I didnt. Because I do feel better for doing what I have done here and I dont think my job is finished yet.”

Ahead of his 100th game in charge of Cardiff City, Neil Warnock sat down with Adam Bate to discuss the challenge ahead in a changing game, why he is not worried about being written off, and what it would mean to him to keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League.

As Neil Warnock bounds over declaring his love for autumn, he does not look like a man whose team are in the relegation zone and he certainly does not look like someone who is about to turn 70 next month. There was a curry last night – buttered chicken – but he was up early to check the cricket score and is raring to go on this crisp Cardiff morning.

“I feel as fit as I have ever been,” Warnock tells Sky Sports. “Its difficult to motivate yourself to do the workouts when you get older but I train hard. Its easier to sit at your desk and have a bun, but Ive been really disciplined because I feel like I have to give myself a chance. You cant let yourself down on that. You have to be mentally sharp in this Premier League.”

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