LONDON – Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he has gone through the worst week of his career following the disappearance of a plane carrying the club’s record signing Emiliano Sala over the Channel Islands.
Warnock, 70, said he had spoken regularly to Sala before the Argentine signed for the Welsh side on January 19 in a £15 million deal just two days before the aircraft taking him from Nantes to Cardiff came down.
The official search for the player and pilot David Ibbotson was called off last Thursday, but fundraisers have helped pay Sala’s family continue a private search.
“You think 24 hours a day about whether to carry on,” Warnock said on Monday as he spoke to the media for the first time following Sala’s disappearance.
“It’s impossible to sleep. I’ve been in football management for 40 years, and it’s been by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile.