When Neil Warnock first entered the world of football management, his biggest worry was making sure Gainsborough Trinity’s centre-forward turned-up wearing the right kit.
Twelve clubs, 33 years and over a thousand matches at the coal face later, the former Sheffield United chief has revealed how the demands of job have changed beyond all recognition.
So much, in fact, that devising tactics are now often at the bottom of the ‘to do’ list.
“There are times now when you can’t even get out on the training pitch,” Warnock said last night. “Actually preparing for fixtures should be the most important thing in the week but there are so many other things you’ve got to do.
“The biggest change now is social media and stuff like that. People keep telling me I should go on Twitter but it’s not my cup of tea because I’ve seen the problems it causes.People only seem to slag other folk off on there and I don’t see the point in getting involved in all of that.
“There’s no stability in the game anymore either. If you look at the Premier League then Alan Pardew, who was appointed in 2010, would be the longest serving manager if Arsene Wenger is taken out of the equation.
“Plus the relationship between players and the clubs has changed. There’s nothing to be gained from fining a player now because so many of them are millionaires so it makes no difference.
“So, yes, things are much different now. There’s been a lot of change and not all of it for the better.”
Nevertheless Warnock, who will be signing copies of his new book, ‘The Gaffer’, at The Star tomorrow, is still planning a return to the game.
Albeit in a slightly different role to the one he performed so successfully at teams including Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield Town and Plymouth Argyle.
“What I’d love to do now is work upstairs,” he continued. “Not as a director of football but as an aide to a manager because I think there’s a real niche and demand for that.
“Things like the transfer market have become so complicated there’s not enough time to concentrate on what you should be doing.”
Warnock, who has achieved seven promotions throughout a remarkable career, is perhaps best remembered for his eight-season stint at Bramall Lane.
Highlights include leading his boyhood team into the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions and restoring United’s top-flight status in 2006.
“If I could give new or young managers a piece of advice it would be ‘don’t just choose a good club, choose a good club with a good chairman’,” Warnock said. “The importance of a relationship between a manager and their owner or chairman is one thing that hasn’t changed.
“The clubs I’ve done best at are the ones where I got on well with the chairman.”
Neil will be at The Star, York St, between noon and 2pm,