Neil Warnock says watching Celtic’s thrilling Champions League clash with Manchester City fuelled his desire to return to management.
The 67-year-old signed a deal to replace Paul Trollope as Cardiff City boss on Wednesday.
The Bluebirds are the 15th club Warnock has managed in his varied career and he admits he couldn’t resist the chance to get back in the game after witnessing the electrifying 3-3 draw between Celtic and City at the end of September.
“What whetted my appetite [to return] was the Celtic-Manchester City game,” Warnock, who had been out of work since leaving Rotherham in the summer, told talkSPORT.
“I spoke to Brendan [Rodgers] before the game and I watched it and it was unbelievable.
“I was jumping up near the end. I was really proud that night with the passion they gave. That is what I missed in football.
“I love that passion when players give everything, even if the results don’t go right. That is what I missed and I am really looking forward to the challenge [at Cardiff].”
Warnock has an impressive record of success in the Football League, overseeing seven promotions in his 36-year managerial career.
But his immediate focus is on lifting Cardiff out of trouble, with the Bluebirds currently sitting second from bottom in the Championship having won just two of their opening 11 games.
“This season obviously with the position we are in, promotion is going to be extremely difficult. Let’s take it one step at a time,” he said.
“We have got to try and get out of the position we are in first, it is a precarious position, and the fixtures coming up are horrendous.
“It is just trying to get the points to get you up the table and then you take the next step and try on go on a little run and go undefeated and then who knows?”