Tonge: Warnock's inspirational
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheff Utd's Michael Tonge insists boss Neil Warnock's outspoken style is inspirational.
Sheffield United midfielder Michael Tonge insists manager Neil Warnock's outspoken style helps bring the squad together.
The 23-year-old Blade has been a mainstay for the South Yorkshire outfit so far this season and played in the 2-0 defeat at Everton last weekend.
With a reputation for controversial rants in the past, boss Warnock has been somewhat subdued in his post-match interviews so far this season.
But his reaction to the Goodison defeat did not disappoint, as he raged against both Andrew Johnson and referee Dermot Gallagher, and Tonge says his boss' passion is nothing other than inspirational.
"When we see Neil sounding off like that, it brings the whole squad together," he told the Daily Express.
"When you see your manager like that, you can see how much it is hurting him that we are getting beaten and you want to be the same.
"That is what has brought the club their success. Everybody is dying to do really well. There should never be a case when you have to accept things like that.
"Jose Mourinho is the same. That is why Chelsea are champions. There should be nothing wrong with managers like Neil Warnock and Mourinho saying what they think.
"It would be worse if he had to go back home seething because he couldn't say anything. He wouldn't be able to let go."
The two forthright tacticians go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge and while comparisons have been drawn, Tonge says there are significant differences between the squads in terms of their approaches.
"We haven't done anything mad this season but I wouldn't rule it out once the season really gets going," he added.
"For me the strangest moment was finding myself thrown into the sea at Scarborough in February just because I couldn't skim stones as far as the rest of the team.
"To say that it wasn't warm is an understatement. It was freezing. And it was a long walk back to the hotel as well.
"I can't imagine Andrei Shevchenko and Didier Drogba on the seafront at Scarborough. Not those boys but it is one of those things you just have to put up with when you are managed by Neil Warnock.
"That kind of thing won't make me pass better or shoot better, but it brings people together and freshens minds a little bit."