Bob Westerdale talks with Ian Whitehorne

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Ian Whitehorne is General Manager at Sheffield Football Club, the oldest football club in the world.

What have you been doing today?

Sat in my office all day, we have five different companies so if I’m not at football I’m at work. Who is your inspiration and why?

I don’t think I really have an individual who has inspired me, I prefer to be self motivated, I do read a lot of autobiographies of self made people though.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Probably Muhammad Ali, growing up he was the most famous man on the planet, his fights had everyone captivated. I don’t think anyone has reproduced that since. He is a true sporting icon What’s your favourite other sport ?

Other than football it would be boxing, although I like most sports and playing golf, for me the Ryder Cup is the best televised sporting event bar none. Who is the most famous person in your phone?

In football probably Harry Bassett or Michael Vaughan. Vaughny is a regular at our home games, when his schedule allows, he comes to watch his mate Matt Roney warm our bench When was the last time you cried?

When my first dog died four years ago, it sounds daft but I couldn’t face anyone for a week. Who or what are you most proud of?

My wife, my kids Ben and Joe, and my business in that order What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

When you don’t have a choice on something you can still choose your attitude. When did you know you were good at what you do?

I didn’t realise I was, that’s why I keep going. There is always another challenge or another goal to achieve, it’s what gets me out of bed in a morning. What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My iphone it’s never out of my hand, I can’t work out whether that is a good thing or not, you can never switch off, but there’s always a deal to be done so it’s a necessary evil I suppose. What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Creeping in at four in the morning last weekend trying not to wake the wife, or Sheff United promotion year in 1984 we had finished on level points and goal difference but had scored more goals. Hull had one more game at Burnley and had to win by three, we all went to watch and they were two up at half time. The second half was torture. But it finished 2-0 and the Blades were promoted. Do you ever doubt yourself?

I never doubt myself no matter what, I’ve made plenty of mistakes, the trick is not to make the same mistake twice. What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

Love them, I can remember Facebook when it first came to light, it was like a singles club, it’s moved on from that. I think Twitter is great though. How do you relax away from sport ?

A night out with the lads, where we talk about football. Or take the wife out and text my mates about football. It drives her mad. Where was your last holiday  - and would you go again ?

New York a friend of mine was bought a bar in Manhattan, a crowd of us got there for the opening night, you cant get tired of New York, I’ll be back there in April when the season finishes Do you cook?  If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I cook most nights it’s not a chore I enjoy it, my favourite would have to be monk fish in tempura batter with rocket and sweet chilli jam. I would walk that Come Dine With Me. What was the last book you read?

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, it’s an inspirational story of the human spirit and Alan Sugar’s What You See is what you get. If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

Probably England manager, because the team I pick from my armchair would always win, it’s easy, Seriously I’ve always been tempted by local politics, I think I may be a little outspoken for that lot in the Town Hall.

Tell our readers why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?  

Apart from being the next elected Lord Mayor I have no i8dea, I assume no one else answered your call.