In the room with Warnock - analysis

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock

Tyrone Smith, BBC Sport Scotland

Neil Warnock is a legendary figure in British football. Such is his standing in the game, there was a real sense of anticipation among the assembled journalists before he arrived to face the media at Aberdeen’s Cormack Park training ground.

And as he embarked on his first duties in what is his 20th job in a managerial career which stretches back to 1980, I got a real sense that not only is Warnock going to be a breath of fresh air for the Dons, but for Scottish football as a whole.

At 75, he may be in the latter stages of his career, but you could detect a real excitement and enthusiasm about the fact he is finally getting the chance to do something he has always wanted to do – manage in Scotland.

And that shone through as he revealed his move to the Granite City is nothing to do with money, pointing out that he has had many more lucrative offers to get back into work in England over the last few months.

Warnock’s philosophy is clear, to be successful in management "90–95% is man management", and while he has seen it all over the years, he says that is something that hasn’t changed.

Apologies for the old football trope I am about to use. But I left Cormack Park thinking if I was a player, Neil Warnock would be the kind of manager you would want to run through a brick wall for, and it was telling when he said if his squad give him everything "I will man their corner".

The Englishman may only be gracing the Scottish Premiership for a relatively short time, but it seems likely he will certainly make his mark while he's here.

When asked what would constitute success for him at Aberdeen, he said with a twinkle in his eye "finishing as high as we can and winning the cup".

If he can deliver on that, then he will return to England in the summer with his head held high and a very significant place in the Pittodrie history books secured.