Neil Warnock clarifies bizarre request to Bristol City fans when he passes away

The 74-year-old is back in football management and as always played up to the media
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Pantomine villain Neil Warnock has stressed his request for Bristol City fans to give him a minutes boo as a mark of respect for when he passes away.

Warnock has returned to management at the age of 74-years-old, and has taken over former club Huddersfield Town in the hope of keeping the Terriers up. Warnock led the Yorkshire club to promotion during the early stages of his managerial career, and now despite claiming to be retired numerous times, has returned for the final ten weeks or so of the season.

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He takes over the club where they are second from bottom and are four points adrift of safety of his former club Cardiff City, though they do have a game in hand. Warnock is hoping to repeat the feat he has done at numerous sides, which is to turn their fortunes around and later make them challengers for promotion.

During his retirement, Warnock admitted a regret of his was that he had not managed City, despite both his and the fans love-hate relationship with one another. He made a bizarre request several years ago that when he passes away, he does not want supporters of the red side of Bristol to give him a silence or clap, but instead boo him straight for a whole minute.

Warnock has received frosty receptions when he has made it to this part of the West Country, and in February 2008, Warnock was seething whe Jamie McCombe equalised in stoppage time from a Lee Johnson corner. Months later, the more important matter of the Championship play-offs in 2007/08, when Gary Johnson's side beat his Crystal Palace team 4-2 over two legs, is another key moment in the whole affair.

"Can I just clarify that? I'd appreciate you putting this down," he said in a clip posted by ITV's Arif Ahmed, who was at Neil Warnock's first press conference since returning to Huddersfield.

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"I only want Bristol City fans to call me a proper name, all the rest fans they can have a silent one or they can clap me or whatever they want when I pass away. But with Bristol City fans it wouldn't be right them clapping or being quiet, they've always been what they're going to call me."

In the 1,600 games of management that Warnock has overseen, he came up against City a total of 23 times, with nine wins, nine defeats and five draws, and will at least get one more opportunity to play his old enemy.

Warnock unfortunately will not get the chance to manage at Ashton Gate again, if his true to his word that he will manage Huddersfield only until the end of the season. City have already played Huddersfield at home this season, but make the trip to the John's Smith Stadium on Tuesday, March 7.

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