Current Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has spent his managerial career in and around the lower ties of English football. However he has experienced the champagne life in the Premiership with Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers.
With seven career promotions, Neil Warnock has set his sights on giving the Leeds United faithful another taste of the fizzy stuff, before he bows out of football at the ripe age of 63.
When the appointment of Neil Warnock was made, I instantly found myself thinking ‘yes, someone who will tell Ken Bates that the cobwebs need to come out of his Leeds United wallet’. Having signed up himself up for one of the most stressful and demanding jobs this fine footballing country has to offer.
This most certainly showed, as we finished in a lowly 14th place (ironically the same placed finish when Ken Bates emerged as our chairman), with old ‘Colin’ stating publicly that the squad was lackluster and under par. I could not agree more with the comments Neil Warnock was so daringly making public, I sat back and thought this squad is bang average, whilst feeling sorry for the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Ross McCormack.
A midfield that once boasted Olivier Dacourt and David Batty, now compiled of Danny Pugh and a rookie signed from Manchester City.
Neil Warnock is a fiery, tenacious character, who will throw no punches about anybody in the business. The words fiery and tenacious is what Leeds United was famed on, and whilst the current crop of players scream out Blackpool Pleasure Beach and not Las Vegas, Neil Warnock has the right passion and determination to ask and ask for better players until Leeds United find themselves top of the Championship come the end of May 2013.
Many Leeds United fans see Ken Bates as the problem, as do I, which over the last few weeks has lead to the dreaded rumour mills turning in force to suggest that Neil Warnock is ready to walk.
Impatient as it may be, it’s heading into the end of June and only Jason Pearce is a newcomer to pulling on the famous white shirt, as promises of new arrivals by the end of May have fell flat on their face, with Neil Warnock far from happy that none of his other main targets have received the sufficient backing from the board.
With current talk of a takeover, many fans are still skeptical as to what on earth is going on at Elland Road, with every Saudi Arabian, North American tycoon being linked with taking the famous helm. The only positive being at the moment, is that Neil Warnock has not publicly packed his bags and said farewell to football for good.
I fully expect to start the season with one of the best lower league managers that England has ever seen. Neil Warnock has overseen seven succesful promotion campaigns and has been riddled with bad luck at not still having a team in the Premiership. For this, I am forever greatful that in such a turmoil state for the last seven years, Leeds United now has someone who has been there and done it, and who wants to do it one last time with the Mighty Whites.
Love him or hate him, Neil Warnock is the man to take Leeds United back into the fast lane to the Premier League, and if he isn’t here on opening day of the season, then get your pitch forks at the ready, for a good old lynching of Batesy and his motley crew.