Neil Warnock must learn to ‘keep his mouth shut’

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Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock accepts he must learn when to keep his mouth shut, but looks forward to the day he can tell everyone what he really thinks again.

The former Sheffield United boss has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following post-match comments in the wake of the Eagles’ 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea on October 18.

The 65-year-old had said referee Craig Pawson was “influenced” by Chelsea players in the decision to send off Damien Delaney for a second yellow card.

Warnock spent time working as a media pundit while away from the game before returning to take charge at Selhurst Park in late August following the departure of Tony Pulis on the eve of the new season.

The Palace boss, who is set for a personal hearing over his FA charge, understands why he needs to take himself to task, even if not agreeing with the reasoning behind it.

“I am looking forward to going back on TalkSPORT and BT after (finishing as a manager), when you can say what you want and enjoy it,” Warnock said.

“I have to learn to adjust, because I do think people want to hear your opinions. They don’t want people always sat on the fence being boring.

“I think it’s great when you have got something to say. Unfortunately there is a time and a place to say it and I have to learn what I can say and when I can say it.

“I have to be like (Swansea boss) Garry (Monk), haven’t I? And I have to be careful when I push (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger and when I push (Chelsea boss) Jose (Mourinho).”

Warnock maintains he will protest his innocence when in front of the FA panel.

“I didn’t think I said anything untoward after that Chelsea game and then I get charged and I then I look at other interviews and other incidents - (Manchester City boss Manuel) Pellegrini on (Mark) Clattenburg earlier in the season and I am bewildered really, so at least I should be able to ask some questions at the hearing,” he said.

“When my dad refereed, he used to talk to them (players/managers), swear at them and everything.

“But you can’t do anything like that now - you have to be very careful what you say to players and everything. They have rules and regulations.”

Warnock, however, accepts all managers have to stay within the FA rulebook.

“I don’t think I can change the way things are. I have to change myself,” he said.

“At the moment I have to change to adhere to instructions that are currently with the Premier League. Whether that is detrimental to the press or not, I don’t know, but I have to change - they are not going to change for me.”

Warnock, though, indicated he was not about to lose all of his colourful persona just yet.

“I just have to be careful. I have to use other people,” he said.

“If I think there is a disgusting decision I have to say ‘look, if Garry (Monk) was here, he would say it was a disgusting decision’. They can’t do me for that, can they?”