Warnock admires the way the Aston Villa boss came up through the lower leagues in management.
He said: "I don't know Martin but I have huge respect for him. Sure, he was a famous ex-international but he did his managerial apprenticeship at Grantham, Shepshed and Wycombe.
"He learned how to handle all the problems that would crop up later in his career. The first time I ever encountered him was at Wycombe when I was Huddersfield boss.
"I thought I was straight out of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' but he was 10 times worse, giving the ref an absolute coating in the tunnel.
"I thought 'If he gets away with this, he must have friends in some really high places'. Then, again, he is one of Cloughie's boys."