Neil Warnock is a dying breed of manager. He is old school in his methods, something that is not seen in the younger generation of coaches.
For all the virtues that your Jurgen Klopps or Pep Guardiolas bring to the table, we know who we would want on our side if we were hitting the lanes.
Warnock's bowling ability has been discussed in the past, most notably when he hustled his Sheffield United squad out of some money during his time at the club.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he recalled how he asked his players to enter into a friendly wager before they found out about his hidden talent.
🎳 “We had Scarborough pre season and I said to the lads ‘£20 each for bowling?”
🤣 “I had my own bowling ball and shoes…I bowled 225 and the nearest was 160 from the lads, I cleaned up!”
Neil Warnock tells an hilarious story of ‘cleaning up’ his players pockets at bowling! pic.twitter.com/vGRuJTZwOR
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What I did was we went to Scarborough on pre-season and there was a bowling alley. I said 'right we will go to the bowling alley tonight lads, £20 in each' or something like that. There was about 12 of us.
I already had my own ball and my shoes and everything, I was ready for them. I bowled something like 225. I think the nearest to me was about 160 of the lads.
I cleaned up. But there were no rules against it, I just said 'let's have a little bet lads'...
Listen, I used to work in a bowling alley. For about 18 months I used to do the lanes after they had all gone home at night time, that's where I learned to bowl. It was a good learning experience for me.
As Warnock said, no rule against it. You could only imagine the look on the faces of the players when he rocked up with his custom ball and personal bowling shoes.
The thing is, this story is so well-known that we can't imagine any of his other clubs took up his offer of a friendly game.