Neil Warnock signed a contract with Middlesbrough after guiding them to Sky Bet Championship safety on the final day.
Boro were fighting relegation with eight matches remaining. However, they managed continuity in the Championship after owner Steve Gibson brought Warnock out of his vacations.
The 71-year-old came through on his promise to Gibson and didn’t even charge Middlesbrough for this titanic task.
However, Warnock has the job for the long haul and explained to talkSPORT why he took up the offer after eight months away from the game.
“It was great just to switch off from football but when I went back, when the owner Steve Gibson called me, I was excited; I was like a young lad again!,” Warnock told Laura Woods and Ally McCoist on the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“It’s been good, it was a surprise going up there but I’ve always got on well with the owner Steve Gibson and he just asked me to help out, and I loved it actually.
“It was difficult, it was a bit of a lopsided squad, but the young lads did really well and we managed to claw the results out.”
Warnock reflected that a club of Boro’s stature and history should not be struggling the way they are. He added that they have the players to move forward and with a cash injection become more successful on the field.
“For a club like Middlesbrough to be down there, it’s disappointing really and it just needed changing.
“I saw the lads, they’ve got a good bunch and some really good young lads, and I knew we had to graft to keep them up. I’m sure the club will move forward again, whether we’d have been there or not.
“But it does need quite a bit going on behind the scenes, and hopefully I can put it in place and help Steve build a successful club.”