Neil Warnock is not scared of taking on the test of Stoke City and the worst that the weather can chuck at him.
And he is laughing at those who are as he prepares his Middlesbrough side for a cold, wet and windy day at the bet365 Stadium this weekend.
Warnock, who won 2-0 at Stoke in July, was quizzed about the reputation of the Stoke ground for putting players and clubs through their paces.
“Nobody could ever get a result there, that’s why it was horrible,” Warnock said of the reputation at Stoke in his pre-match briefing with BBC Tees.
“I remember the corner of the ground used to be off. I think they’ve filled it now, but the wind used to howl around the ground and the rain used to lash down.
“I love that me. I just used to laugh when they’d talk about it with the southerners and all that.
“We did well there last year and it was one of my best results here last season.”
Stoke, three points off the top of the Championship, are just one point and two places ahead of Middlesbrough.
It is a congested top half.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen it as close as this in my lifetime – it’s ridiculous,” said Warnock.
“But that’s why we’ve got to hang in there.
“It’s another busy week with two tough away games now – Stoke and then Preston. You don’t get much tougher than that in this league.
“We’ve got to go there and try and come away with results to keep us in that pack.”