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Middlesbrough confirm ex-Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has tested positive for coronavirus

Wales Online logo Wales Online 17/09/2020 10:50:53 Glen Williams

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has tested positive for coronavirus, the Championship club has confirmed.

The 71-year-old manager is said to be "in good spirits" but now has to go into a period of isolation following the positive test result.

"The club can confirm that our manager Neil Warnock has returned a positive test for Covid-19 and will be spending a period in isolation in accordance with guidelines," Boro said in a statement.

"Neil is in good spirits and we look forward to welcoming him back after his period in isolation."

Warnock placed himself into isolation earlier this week after feeling unwell and left assistant Kevin Blackwell and first-team coach Ronnie Jepson in charge for the defeat by Barnsley in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup clash.

It is thought the rest of the coaching staff have tested negative and Blackwell and Jepson will take charge of the team for Bournemouth's visit to the Riverside Stadium in the Championship this Saturday.

This weekend's fixture has been chosen as a pilot scheme for fans' safe return to stadia, meaning 1,000 fans will be allowed into the Riverside.

Warnock left his post as Cardiff City boss last November following three hugely-successful years in charge.

He took the Bluebirds from the depths of the Championship to the Premier League within the space of 18 months, a feat for which he will be loved by supporters in this corner of the world.

He took a permanent role at Boro after managing to keep the club in the division during his brief stint in charge after lockdown last term.

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