Rotherham United boss Neil Warnock considers ‘crash helmet’ for derby trip to Sheffield Wednesday

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NEIL WARNOCK has revealed that he mused over wearing a crash helmet ahead of a previous visit to Hillsborough with former club Sheffield United.

The 67-year-old Rotherham United manager is likely to be in the line of fire with Sheffield Wednesday supporters in tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby - but remains unflustered - and says that banter is part of the game.

He said: “I did think once about taking a crash helmet with me when I was at Bramall Lane.

“I asked my mate, Mick Jones, who said: ‘You can’t, Neil. I know it’s a joke, but you can’t walk out with a crash helmet on.’

He added: “I just think managers have gone bland at the moment with their writing pads and everything. Why not have a bit of stick? I give a bit of stick back as well. As long as there’s nothing violent, it’s fine. I encourage it and enjoy it.

“Let’s have a South Yorkshire derby with a lot of vociferous shouting and chanting.”