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13 Jan, 2019 18:12

'To hell with the rest of the world': Premier League manager unleashes Brexit rant

'To hell with the rest of the world': Premier League manager unleashes Brexit rant

Neil Warnock, boss at Premier League side Cardiff City, doesn't expect Brexit to complicate the signing of foreign players but says that he is disappointed by his government's handling of the controversial EU exit strategy.

Ahead of the United Kingdom's scheduled departure from the European Union at the end of March, Warnock says that he can't understand how Theresa May's conservative government have so far failed to negotiate an exit from the EU which satisfies each side.

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Warnock was asked if he expected Brexit to complicate the signing of foreign players following Cardiff's 0-0 draw with fellow relegation contenders Huddersfield Town on Saturday, prompting the 70-year-old to launch into a tirade at May's government for a perceived failure to act upon the results of the 2016 referendum.

"I think once the country knows what they're doing, it will be straightforward [to make signings]," Warnock said. "Any transfer window is difficult for me, not just this one. 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?"

Brexit is perhaps the most controversial political event in the United Kingdom in a generation. The results of the 2016 referendum prompted the end of then Prime Minister David Cameron's government; since then the situation has remained drastically unclear as the clock ticks ever closer to the March 29 deadline.

With the complications which come with Brexit becoming apparent and polls suggesting that large swathes of the British public now favor staying in the EU, the issue has become an incredibly divisive one - though it is clear which side of the debate Warnock finds himself on.

"I can't wait to get out of [the EU], 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."

Warnock's comments have been criticized on social media, particular given the cosmopolitan nature of the Cardiff City squad and ownership.

The club is owned by Malaysian-Chinese businessman Vincent Tan, while numerous different nationalities make up the player panel.

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Warnock's views aren't necessarily shared by many of his managerial peers in the Premier League. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has predicted that Brexit will be disastrous for the UK economy and its stature in the world and is among a growing community of voices supporting the idea of a second referendum to potentially roll back the results of the first.