Football manager refers to new signing as ‘sewer rat’, has clairvoyant wife, and brings personal autographed photos

Neil Warnock has been appointed as the manager of Aberdeen, marking his 19th managerial position. Known for his eccentric personality, Warnock has endeared himself to football fans worldwide through his on and off-field antics. Notably, during his tenure at Leeds United, he controversially signed El-Hadji Diouf after publicly berating him as a “sewer rat.” His confrontations with Diouf extended to his time at Queens Park Rangers, where he accused the player of mistreating an injured opponent during a match against Blackburn.

Additionally, during a 2010 FA Cup replay, Warnock made a peculiar decision based on his wife’s dream. Following her prediction of a full-back scoring the winning goal, he placed a right-back, Danny Butterfield, in a forward position. The unconventional move paid off as Butterfield netted a perfect hat-trick, securing a 3-1 victory for Crystal Palace. Warnock’s penchant for confrontation extended off the pitch, as evidenced by his refusal to shake hands with Nuno Espirito Santo after a heated game between his Cardiff City team and Wolves.

This incident adds to a list of touchline disputes that Warnock has been involved in throughout his career.

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