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Warnock happy to manage anyone

29th November 2018, 09:14 by Nick Harris

Neil Warnock is 70 on Saturday and says he would be as happy managing in a Sunday league as he is in the Premier League.

At a time when his contemporaries have reached for the pipe and slippers, Warnock is still on the touchline trying to win a game of football.

Or, as his daughter Amy found to her cost recently, starring in motivational videos, with expletive-filled footage taken from fly-on-the-wall documentaries Warnock has featured in over the years.

"Amy's at university in Bristol," said Cardiff manager Warnock, a proud father of four. "She said to me a few weeks ago 'Dad, you've been on our screen as motivation for us'.

"I asked what she did and she said 'Cringe!'"

Yet after over 50 years in football, and nearly 40 as a manager, it is perhaps no surprise Warnock is able to even cause moments of discomfort to his own family.

After all, this is a man who chuckles at the self-expressed notion that fans of Bristol City - a club he has had countless scrapes with - should hold a minute's booing to mark his passing instead of a minute's applause.

Love him or loathe him, though, it has always been impossible to ignore Warnock.

A journeyman winger who played over 300 league games at eight different clubs, Sheffield-born Warnock prepared for management when plying his trade as a 24-year-old under Len Ashurst.

"It was Hartlepool, 1972," Warnock said. "We got beat at Boston in the FA Cup and Len Ashurst called us all in the next day and started on every player and what he thought of them.

"He got to me and I'll never forget what he said - what we should have done and why we let him down and the club down.

"I knew I could never get to the top. I wasn't good enough. I was a quick, brainless winger.

"I realised the only way I could get to the top was as a manager. I loved talking when I was playing and telling people what to do.

"I could go and manage Gainsborough Trinity next week, or even back in a Sunday league again, and it wouldn't worry me.

"A lot of managers feel like they couldn't drop down, but it isn't beneath me. Managers like me might be going out of fashion, but I just enjoy management and making people better."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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