Neil Warnock is no Aberdeen FC hot head as Leighton Clarkson gets TV reality check
Leighton Clarkson has spoken of his excitement at getting to work under Neil Warnock at Aberdeen and insists that he is not the hot-headed character that he has often been seen as down the years.
The 75-year-old is preparing for his third game in interim charge when the Dons welcome Motherwell to Pittodrie tomorrow night. Warnock's first game ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox before Aberdeen bounced back to reach the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup with a 2-0 home win against Bonnyrigg Rose.
Hailing from the north-west of England, Clarkson has grown up watching footage of his new manager losing his rag on the touchline down the years but has revealed that the Aberdeen squad have already seen a totally different side of the veteran boss. Speaking to the media ahead of the game against Motherwell, he said: "I have only seen what everyone else has seen with the stuff he done in the past. I've watched all the documentaries on him for years.
"But seeing him now, he's actually a really lovely guy. He is up here to set a stall out and we will do everything we can to give him what he wants until the end of the season.
"I was really excited when he came in. He has got an aura about him but it has been nice to see a different side of him to what everyone else sees. He has had a couple of one-on-one chats with a lot of the players to get to know us.
"He likes to see things with his own eyes and is not into all the data, we aren't even allowed mobile phones on matchdays. He is old-school and likes that discipline but it's been nice to have something different."
Apart from club captain Graeme Shinnie, Warnock admits that he does see a lack of leadership credentials in a Dons squad that is filled with players from