Column: Warnock and Vardy - two of our own

Neil Warnock unveiled as new manager of Rotherham United. 
Pic : Dean Atkins
Neil Warnock unveiled as new manager of Rotherham United. Pic : Dean Atkins
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He’s back then.

The fellow with the windmill arms, the strike ‘em dead grimace and occasional mild rebuke for a referee.

Neil Warnock at the age of 67 - and about a decade after he first said he was ready to retire - is back in South Yorkshire and already berating linesmen and tightening up leaky defences as he and assistant Kevin Blackwell plot Championship survival for Rotherham United.

Blades’ fans have mostly fond memories of his time at Bramall Lane that took them to the Premier League and tragically, agonisingly out of it again.

Wednesday fans take rather a different view, but that’s to be expected.

I’ll have be having a tenner on him to do just that and help Rotherham stay up. If anyone can galvanise a team into battling for survival it’s Neil Warnock.

He’s one of our own, as they sing these days.

Welcome back.

Last week’s remarks on Jamie Vardy being a second class football citizen because he grew up in non-league football brought a typically forthright response from a Sheffield broadcasting legend.

Bob Jackson - the inventor of the football phone-in when he came up with the idea for ‘Praise or Grumble’ thirty years ago - got in touch to have a bit of a grumble about our local teams in that regard.

“Never mind the top teams and Jamie Vardy, what about our local teams?” said Bob, 85 last week, in those still perfect-for-radio tones.

“Everyone in this area knew that he was banging goals in every week at Stocksbridge right under their noses and no-one had the gumption to give him a try.

“It’s amazing that the whole of football is looking for pace and finishing ability and he was showing it every week in Sheffield and nobody took any notice. Barmy.”

Barmy indeed, but good to hear that polished mahogany voice again.

Leicester to crumble after Arsenal burst their Premier League bubble?

I don’t think so.

They have too many good players, too good a manager and too good a team structure and spirit to go quietly.

Interesting statistic too in that Leicester have not played a team above them in the league all season.

Will they keep that up until the end?

They have had many doubters all season and even more now, but I reckon that in a campaign so inconsistent and unpredictable Leicester, barring serious injuries, have enough to do it.

Jamie Vardy for the Golden Boot anyone?