Sunday 6 May 2018 16:49, UK
Neil Warnock has earned a record eighth promotion in English football after guiding Cardiff to the Premier League.
Cardiff were outsiders at the start of the season to finish in the top two, but their final-day draw against Reading means they'll be playing in the top flight next term for the first time in five years. Fulham could have climbed above them but they lost 3-1 at Birmingham.
Warnock had been level with Dave Bassett, Graham Taylor and Jim Smith on seven promotions, but an eighth has put him out on his own.
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"I've had some great promotions and some great squads but because of the circumstances when I came here, second from bottom and building it all up this season and off the field as well, I feel really proud with what we've done. I've really enjoyed every minute and the chairman has been great with me as well," Warnock said.
"I can't put it into words because at my age, I won't get many chances... I didn't think we'd get into the play-offs let alone the Premier League so I think we should cross one bridge at a time!
"Given the state of this club when I came in, and what had gone on, this has to be the best job I've ever done in my life in football," said Warnock, who began his management career at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980.
"This is the best achievement because if you only knew what I have to deal with off the field. We will get one or two things thrown at us, but hey-ho, it will be better than being in the Championship."
In 1986/87 Warnock led Scarborough into the Football League for the first time in their history, winning the title and promotion from the Football Conference to the old Fourth Division. They were the first team to win automatic promotion to the Football League after the re-election system was abolished.
In 1989/90 Warnock took Notts County up from the old Third Division via the play-offs.
The following season in 1990/91 he did exactly the same to take them from the old Second Division into the top flight.
In 1994/95 Warnock triumphed in the Second Division play-offs again, this time with Huddersfield.
In 1995/96 he took Plymouth up from Division Three via the play-offs again.
In 2005/06 he took Sheffield United to the Premier League after finishing second in the Championship.
In 2010/11 he took QPR up to the Premier League after finishing first in the Championship.
Warnock steers Cardiff to second place and automatic promotion in the Championship in 2017/18