Warnock leaves Leeds
It’s a testament to the quality of the Championship that such competitive games can lead to tight league standings, but when taking only three points out of a possible eighteen transforms you from play-off outsiders to relegation…well, outsiders, changes need to be made.
April 2nd, 2013
And so it is the case for Leeds United, which last night parted company with manager Neil Warnock following their 2-1 home defeat to Derby County. Warnock believes that the eventual transfer of power to GFH Capital before Christmas came too late to help him in his bid to get Leeds promoted back to the Premier League after almost a decade away.
“I didn’t realise the takeover would take as long as it did – seven months for a takeover,” Warnock exclaimed, before claiming that he was “instrumental” in getting the new owners “on board”.
“‘I think the investment will be there for the new manager to spend but I wanted it yesterday,” he said.
Along with a rather large portion of the fans, Warnock believes that the forced sale of talisman Robert Snodgrass to Norwich last summer also impacted the Yorkshire club’s season. “We never really replaced him,” admitted Warnock.
And so with Warnock’s third post-takeover termination under his belt, the 64-year old has set his sights on spending more time back at home in Cornwall, but admits that he could yet be tempted by another role in football.
Leeds United are confirmed to be “doing it for Redders” for a game or two as academy guru Neil Redfearn steps up to take temporary charge of the first team. Names in the frame to become next permanent Leeds boss include…well, any of the other dozens of sackings we’ve seen this season, really. Gus Poyet, Owen Coyle and Brian McDermott are currently bookies’ favourites.