VIDEO: Football managers are 'bland', says refreshing Neil Warnock...and he's got a point
Like him or loathe him, Neil Warnock, not least around these parts, remains 'box office'.
The Rotherham United manager is always likely to utter something of note, even if there is a wry devilment in his words, or indeed, as is quite often the case, a self-serving aspect.
Nevertheless, in a time when football is engulfed by players who spend all day watching Sky Sports News and, in turn, trot out the same snooze-inducing cliches - see "It's nice to score but the most important thing is the three points" as a particularly tedious post-match answer - and managers, give or take the odd few, who say an awful lot without actually telling us anything, Warnock provides a refreshing alternative.
Neil Warnock...refreshing. Words that many will perhaps rightly question whether they belong in the same sentence.
The former Sheffield United boss is a throwback to a time when managers were in charge, seldom caring about saying what might be regarded as disrespectful or unsportsmanlike and giving honest answers to straight questions, without baffling everyone with bloated business-management speak or overly-tactical nonsense. When they enjoyed winning and weren't afraid to show it, especially in a game where the stakes are higher, as they are in a derby.
It's almost stereotypical Yorkshire..."I say what I like and I like what I bloody well say."
For 'throwback', some would argue that use of the word 'relic' would be a more appropriate fit, chucking the likes of Warnock into the file marked 'Yesterday's Men'.
However, in these sterile, subdued times, a little bit of Warnock provides an often welcome antidote.
On Saturday he reveled in beating Sheffield Wednesday, and so he should. And if Owls fans are honest, they would much prefer him to be that way. An unashamed Blade, the 67 year old was given the type of treatment one would expect a red and white hero to get on S6. He certainly expected it. He will have wanted it and he loved it.
After that 1-0 win for the Millers, he said: "I think there are too many bland managers. They don't want to talk to fans, they don't want to talk to journalists, they have notepads everywhere, they're all tactically this, that and t'other. What's wrong with having a laugh? I had a laugh with some of the kids outside before the game. I said how sorry I was that they ended up being born Wednesdayites and that they have got to get over it and look forward in life. The dad's were laughing at me."
Warnock's not everyone's cup of tea but his passion is unquestionable and more importantly, in an age when the distance between those on the pitch and in the stands has become chasmic, he relates to supporters. When he finally (finally) gives up for good, there'll be no one like him. It's up to you whether you want to see that as a good thing or not.
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