NEIL WARNOCK once claimed he was more hated than Osama Bin Laden.
The Cardiff boss, who masterminded a record eighth promotion in English football with the Bluebirds in May, turns 70 tomorrow.
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Most of his peers have either faded into retirement, or are eating bugs in the I’m a Celebrity jungle.
He is loathed by opposing fans but loved by the supporters of the teams he turns around.
Warnock, who hopes to kick off his birthday celebrations with a win against Wolves tonight, said: “At one stage I might have been more unpopular than Osama Bin Laden. He was in the bad books, wasn’t he?
“I built that up over the years and played up to it but the main thing for me is the fans of the club I’m at are happy to have me. I don’t think there’s been any club who haven’t been happy to have me.
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“When you go back to these clubs after the eight promotions and four Wembley play-off finals, they all remember them.”
Warnock took his first steps in management at non-league Gainsborough Trinity in 1980.
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His stock rose rapidly and after a spell with Burton Albion, he won promotion to the Football League with Scarborough in 1987.
And his first game with Boro in the old Fourth Division ended in a 2-2 draw against today’s opponents Wolves.
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But Warnock would happily swap the heady heights of the Premier League to go back to managing at Sunday league level.
He added: “I could go and manage Gainsborough Trinity next week and it wouldn’t worry me. It isn’t beneath me.
“I enjoy management and making people better but a lot of managers feel like they can’t drop down. It’s not all about money, it’s about the satisfaction of supporters, that means a lot to me.”
Warnock unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at boss Nuno Espirito Santo the last time Wanderers visited in April.