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A highly entertaining story
on 29 August 2007
Whilst I can understand the criticism levelled by previous reviewers about Warnock's inability to criticise himself, I found my generally positive view of him confirmed and increased by the book. I think being a football manager requires a huge amount of self-confidence, and he certainly has that in spades, which inevitably means that analysing where he went wrong does not come naturally. Nonetheless, when you read this and look at how much he achieved with little or no money at clubs like Scarborough, Notts County, Plymouth and even (relative to other clubs of similar stature) Sheff. Utd., you can understand why he feels he should have had the chance to work at bigger clubs.
As a Blades fan, I'm grateful for his achievements, and whilst there may have been failings on his part in the relegation season, I honestly believe the club was discriminated against in the Tevez affair. It's the last section dealing with Warnock's time at Bramall Lane that I naturally found most interesting, and there are plenty of insights into behind the scenes incidents and personalities, with his clashes with other managers particularly entertaining.
As you would expect, Warnock is not afraid to criticise anyone, from refs to players to managers or the FA, but this bombast is balanced by his sense of humour and love and enthusiasm for (most of) the clubs he managed and for the game in general. He is clearly a masterful motivator of players and (when not deliberately winding up opposing managers) a genuinely nice bloke.
Love him or loath him, football would be a duller sport without Neil Warnock, and his book is every bit as entertaining as you would imagine.