He’s been called many things in his time – but seldom a fully-qualified referee! And yet it’s one of Neil Warnock’s proudest claims of a swashbuckling career in football.
Today, Warnock becomes the latest big name to join You Are The Ref’s new line-up of top columnists, adding to the recent announcements of Kim Milton Nielsen and Tim Vickery – whose maiden articles are below.
Agree or disagree, this outspoken manager has a voice that can never be ignored – not least because he knows refereeing.
Officials have often been in Warnock’s sights across a managerial career spanning 13 clubs and a remarkable seven promotions. But he has never shied from praising them either.
Now, as he draws breath after bossing the likes of Sheffield United, Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, Warnock gives you the benefit of his wisdom, experience and sheer passion for the game.
Read his typically forthright first column below, and stand by for more top writers to be introduced by You Are The Ref.