Cardiff FC manager Neil Warnock said to “hell with the rest of world” as he admitted he cannot wait for Brexit.
Warnock was speaking after his side’s 0-0 draw with fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Bluebirds boss was asked whether he thinks the UK’s exit from the European Union, due to formally occur on 29 March, will harm the chances of Premier League clubs buying players from abroad.
The 70-year-old responded by criticising the government’s handling of the Brexit negotiations, and launching an attack on Prime Minister Theresa May’s perceived failure to deliver on the 2016 referendum result.
Warnock said: “I think once the country knows what they’re doing, it will be straightforward [to make signings].
“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?
“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 might raise eyebrows at Cardiff, both at boardroom level and in the dressing room.
Cardiff FC are owned by the Malaysian-Chinese businessman Vincent Tan. Chief executive Ken Choo is also from Malaysia, while chairman Mehmet Dalman was born in Cyprus.
Warnock also has a cosmopolitan dressing room with Canada, Denmark, Gabon, Iceland, the Ivory Coast, the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland and Spain represented in his squad, as well as players drawn from the home nations.
The veteran boss has been frustrated in attempts to sign foreign players during the January transfer window, with Cardiff confirming bids have been made for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala and Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze.
Warnock said: “We’ve got three main targets now.
“But we thought we had a midfielder [Tameze] signed last week and that fell through.
“I don’t think you can say anything until they’re actually sat in your office signing the papers.
“Agents get a sniff elsewhere, with better deals. That’s the job we’re in at the minute.”