Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has described the week since striker Emiliano Sala went missing as ‘by far the most difficult’ of his career.
BBC Sport write that Warnock also revealed he and several members of the playing squad have sought mental health support since the incident occurred.
Sala was flying from Nantes to Cardiff last Monday evening after the Bluebirds completed a club record £15m deal for the striker when the plane he was on board disappeared near Guernsey.
After three days of looking, rescue teams found no trace of the aircraft, Sala or pilot David Ibbotson and called off the search.
However, after receiving notable donations from all over the world, the Argentine’s family have now started a private search in the hope of better luck.
Warnock, who has been involved in football for over 50 years as a player and manager, revealed the effect the tragedy has had on him.
I’ve been in football management now for 40 years and it’s by far the most difficult week in my career by an absolute mile. From a personal point of view, I’ve never experienced anything like it. It’s been amazing with the knock-on with the players in training. It’s unknown territory I think. Things like this just don’t happen – or you don’t think they happen.
On whether he had considered his future as Cardiff boss, the 70-year-old added:
I think probably 24 hours a day in the last week, yeah. It would be true to say, even as I sit here now. Because there are more important things, isn’t there? It takes something like that to make you realise. But I realise I have a job to do here, and it was always a massive job. It’s doubly massive now, and that’s when you’ve got to show your leadership and show the lads you’re in charge of that we’ve got another miracle to do here.
The Bluebirds travel to North London to face Arsenal tomorrow night, and club staff and supporters will wear daffodils as a show of support for the player.