The Leeda fans in the Transfer Tavern have been discussing Cardiff boss, Neil Warnock. The 69-year-old Championship master secured promotion to the Premier League taking his tally of promotions to 8. This time Cardiff benefitted from the gaffer’s ways as they pipped Fulham to 2nd place, leading Leeds fans to question why the Sheffield-born coach couldn’t crack Leeds. You can read more on Warnock’s promotion and his time at Leeds in The Yorkshire Evening Post.
A record eighth promotion for Neil Warnock on Sunday. So why were Leeds United the one major club he failed to tame?https://t.co/OkByUaRP6E
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 8, 2018
Neil Warnock was appointed as Leeds boss back in February 2012, but he only lasted 14 months in Yorkshire before he was sacked in April 2013 after taking charge of just 62 games for the Elland Road faithful. After a long career that has seen him set the incredible record for most promotions for a single manager in the English football league, the one club that stands out as one that he was unable to crack is Leeds United.
The short time that Warnock spent in Yorkshire with Leeds was hampered by the gaffers’ significant lack of funds that were available to him. Warnock planned to build a team around Robert Snodgrass, although the Scot was carted off to Norwich by the club’s board whilst they were on a pre-season tour of Cornwall. Without Warnock’s star player, he was left playing predictable and one-dimensional football. Couple this with the on-going sale of the club behind the scenes and it’s clear as to why Warnock was “in a straightjacket” as he put it himself.
You can read our local Whites’ verdict on Warnock’s spell at Elland Road here:
Good piece Phil – puts that tenure into context. But he’s done a great job with limited resources at Cardiff and done something more important – created a winning mentality. That’s just a massive gap at Leeds
— BROLIN ATE THE PIE (@REDPLANET2025) May 8, 2018
Do you feel he got the backing he deserved in his time here Phil?
— Sean le beauchamp (@Le_Roque_Show) May 8, 2018
Because we’re cursed
— George Lindley (@GJLindley) May 8, 2018
Just came down to the ownership situation then. Warnock needs a very strong owner who'd just back him bliny and aggressively. We were a mess back then and a mess in transition.
— SA (@Aravind_SA) May 8, 2018
He signed a load of ageing players who careers were in decline with no re-sale value. He did have some good players sold from underneath him too by Bates and not much backing. But not playing Barkley in favour of Brown and selling Becchio and replacing him with Morison was bad.
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) May 8, 2018
Warnock in fairness had never come across two worse owners than Bates & GFH before or since …just two in a long line.
— Paul Crosbie (@pnxb1019) May 8, 2018
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Bates is probably the answer. Owners from Bates onwards have have been a disaster at #lufc & I would argue Myanmar, badges etc suggests it’s a problem which continues today.
— WotzThatSound (@WotzThatSound) May 8, 2018