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Neil Warnock: The good, the bad and the ugly

Neil Warnock cannot walk away from the game after becoming Rotherham's new manager on a deal until the end of the season.

The 67-year-old, who featured over 50 times for the Millers between 1969-71 is on a 16-game short-term gig at New York Stadium, charged with staving off relegation.

Warnock is one of the most colourful characters in the game - thought to be what attracted the Millers chairman Tony Stewart - and has often courted controversy.

Here's an off-beat look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Warnock's managerial career.

Promotion king
A 36-year career in the dugout has yielded plenty of success for Warnock, who has a penchant for winning promotion.

1986–87Conference winners (promotion to Division 4) – Scarborough
1989–90Division 3 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 2) – Notts County
1990–91Division 2 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 1) – Notts County
1994–95Division 2 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 1) – Huddersfield Town
1995–96Division 3 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 2) – Plymouth Argyle
2005–06Championship runners-up (promotion to Premier League) – Sheffield United

2010–11Championship winners (promotion to Premier League) – Queens Park Rangers

Three facts
Warnock is undoubtedly a football man, but there are many facets to Warnock. Here's four things you might not know about him.

- He is a qualified chiropodists, citing ingrowing toenails as his speciality.

- He lives on a farm in Devon and drives a tractor.

- He is a qualified referee.

- He admits enjoying poetry and getting emotional during films.

Battle of Bramall Lane
One of Warnock's biggest controversies came when he was manager of Sheffield United and they played West Brom in a fiery encounter which escalated and ended in abandonment.

Trailing 2-0 and down to 10 men, the Blades' afternoon got even worse when George Santos was dismissed for a shocking tackle on Andy Johnson seconds after coming on as a sub. In an ensuing melee Patrick Suffo become the third Blade to see red for head-butting Derek McInness. The Baggies added a third goal soon after and then Michael Brown limped off to leave the hosts with just seven players. Then, under encouragement from Warnock, Rob Ullathorne was also injured and unable to carry on, leaving referee Eddie Wolstenholme no choice but to abandon the game in the 82nd minute. The Blades were hoping for the game to be replayed, but the FA awarded the 3-0 win to the Baggies.

Relegation fire-fighter 
One of the biggest attractions of Warnock to the Millers is that he has a track record of SOS jobs, twice saving clubs from relegation after going in at the back end of the season. He first did it at Torquay in the early 1990s, losing just five of the final 15 games to climb off the foot of the Football League and then more pertinently, he pulled off the great escape at QPR in the Championship in 2010. In trouble, Warnock's Rangers lost only four of their last 14 games of the campaign and they finished in comfortable mid-table.

Other controversies
Warnock has been involved in plenty of other scraps and scrapes throughout his career. Former Bury and Burnley manager Stan Ternent was once said "I cannot abide that man" after accusing Warnock of sending Kevin Blackwell to listen in on Ternent's team-talk in 2001. Warnock denied the claim, responding: "Stan says a lot when he is not in a good mood." 

Although reunited now, Blackwell and Warnock also fell out for several years. In partnership at Sheffield United together for several years, Warnock had his nose put out of joint when Blackwell left to become Leeds' manager. He criticised the job Blackwell did in the 2004-05 season at Elland Road, while also clashing on the touchlines.

Even when out of the game Warnock has made waves and riled Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon into posting potentially libellous tweets. As a guest presenter on talkSPORT Warnock ridiculed Puncheon for an embarrassing penalty miss, claiming that he did not have the mental strength to score in a pressure situation. Puncheon responded by making wholly unprintable accusations about Warnock. The pair were awkwardly reunited a few months later when Warnock returned to Crystal Palace.

'Lino, just try and show me that you're not biased all the time'
Rotherham fans are no strangers to touchline histrionics having to witness Steve Evans snarl, spit and lose his cool with anyone who goes near him for three years. And Warnock is the master of match official berating on the sidelines, constantly chipping away in the ears of linesman, referees and fourth officials, as highlighted in this amusing clip.

Warnock the winger
Warnock is no stranger to the Millers, having pulled on the red and white shirt over 50 times between 1969-71. Although going on to have a distinguished career in management, his time as a player at Millmoor is not remembered too fondly.

Half-time rant
The Millers players will know that they are liable to get the hairdryer treatment if they are below-par as Warnock is known for his half-time rants in the dressing room. This below clip, filmed when he was in charge of Huddersfield in the mid-90s, shows Warnock losing his cool in spectacular fashion after seeing his 2-0 come in at half-time. He tears into most players but saves his best for young striker Andy Booth by suggesting he was not in the game and bellowing: 'You're in f*cking Latvia'.

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