WARNOCK’S OUR KING OF THE JUN­GLE

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NEIL Warnock has re­vealed he could fol­low Harry Red­knapp into the Aus­tralian jun­gle on I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

The Cardiff boss, who’s be­come a firm Blue­birds favourite since guid­ing his side to the Premier League, says he has been watch­ing fel­low man­ager Red­knapp on the hit ITV re­al­ity show.

But Warnock – who’s renowned for his droll quips and en­ter­tain­ing press con­fer­ences – feels he would have to be paid “10 times more” than other con­tes­tants be­cause his un­pop­u­lar­ity with ri­val foot­ball fans means he would end up do­ing all the tri­als.

“I would imag­ine I’ll be in there next year,” said Warnock, who turned 70 last week and is al­most two years younger than Red­knapp.

“The lads have put my face on Harry’s body on the dress­ing room win­dow!

“I don’t think I’d be scared.

“But the prob­lem is I’d be do­ing ev­ery hor­ri­ble thing there could be be­cause I’d get the votes.

“It would be pay­back time. So they’d have to pay me 10 times more than they paid ev­ery­body else.”

Warnock added: “I like watch­ing a film on a Thurs­day night so I taped Harry last night.”

Red­knapp’s down-to-earth per­son­al­ity and cheeky hu­mour has made him a hit in the Aus­tralian jun­gle.

The for­mer Tot­ten­ham and West Ham boss is odds-on to be crowned as the pro­gramme’s “King of the Jun­gle” in its fi­nal show of the cur­rent se­ries to­mor­row night.

“That’s Harry – that’s how we are,” Warnock added.

“Foot­ball hu­mour in the jun­gle is a bless­ing – it’s some­thing that lifts ev­ery­body. We’ve all got sto­ries, haven’t we? I rab­ble on here ev­ery week at a press con­fer­ence.

“They’ve got a good group and I’ll watch it a bit more now. The ones I didn’t like, the ones which I could scream at, have gone now.”

In­ter­views with – and sto­ries about – the record-break­ing man­ager, who’s helped steer teams to eight sep­a­rate pro­mo­tions, have be­come the stuff of le­gend through­out his long and glit­ter­ing ca­reer.

Re­fer­ring to derby ri­vals and long­stand­ing spar­ring partners Bris­tol City in an in­ter­view ear­lier this year, Warnock quipped that he didn’t want a minute’s si­lence from the Ash­ton Gate faith­ful when he dies.

“I joke with their fans that, when I do pass away, I hope they all have a minute’s ap­plause for me at Ash­ton Gate and re­mem­ber the good times I’ve given them,” he said.

“I don’t want si­lence. I want them all to be chant­ing ‘Warnock’s a w ***** ’ over and over again! For a whole minute! That would be my ideal!”

HUW EVANS AGENCY

Is that an (Alan) Cork hat?! How Warnock could look in his Aussie jun­gle head­gear

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Harry Red­knapp on ‘I’m a Celebrity...

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