Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy has revealed that he used to clean Neil Warnock's boots, a fitting symbol of the respect that the 52-year-old has for his former Barnsley team-mate.
McCarthy also praised the QPR manager's ability to get the most out of a team, as Wolves head into this Saturday's clash with the Hoops.
He said: "I cleaned his boots because I was an apprentice and he was about 29 and a player coming to the end of his career.
"I was a blossoming, burgeoning young centre-back! I got in the reserve team with him and I thought he was great. He was good fun.
"He was one of the older pros and he'd been about. He's a Sheffield lad, a Yorkshire lad - I just got on well with him.
"I spoke to him the other day about something and I have always got on well with him... I am pally with him. He'd ring me up, I'd ring him up and he was one of the first to wish me well when we got up.
"He was one of the first to wish me well at the end of the season, 'I'm delighted' with his text messages.
"And you know what - he never rubs me up the wrong way. I just have a lot of time for him."
McCarthy's men currently lie three points clear of QPR in the middle of the Barclays Premier League, and the former Ireland manager believes that the West London club's rise is down to Warnock's man management.
“He is somebody who gets the best out of his team whenever you play against him. I respect what Warny has done in the game with his teams," added McCarthy.
"You got through what he has done through the leagues with Notts County, he has got promoted with Sheffield United, promoted with QPR - there's not many done it with two different teams from the Championship to the Premier League.
"There's not many so his record is terrific. And wherever he has been his teams are always competitive and they will be here.
"Everywhere he has been, I would say he has improved them."
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