How Warnock might love an Elland Road link-up

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DON’T suppose there will be a sequel, starring Neil Warnock, but I am hoping to catch a documentary film which looked at what went off behind the scenes at QPR.

And behind the scenes was certainly where it happened, over and above what went off on the field.

Called “The Four Year Plan”, it lifts the lid on what happened at the London club at a time when F1 moguls Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore were in charge of the club. It might be reckoned that ‘in charge’ extended a little further in Briatore’s case.

There were whispers Briatore took a hand in influencing team selection and those who have seen the film claim this is borne out when it shows Briatore ordering the sporting director to go and tell the manager to put on a particular substitute.

The sub goes on and heads the winner and Briatore is shown celebrating wildly. At that moment you could understand him thinking this football lark was easy!

There are no fewer than seven QPR managers in all during the film’s duration, the last of them Warnock.

It is described as a “warts and all” film which isn’t about the team and players etc but how the club was run.

It was good enough to win an award for best documentary last autumn at the Marbella Film Festival.

So far, I haven’t spotted it being shown around here. Briatore and Ecclestone sold up their stake last year and the film ends with promotion to the Premier League.

As for Warnock, will Rangers’ recent sacking be the last we see of him in a managerial chair? Or will he be unable to resist football’s lure?

He has a great record of attaining promotions and you can imagine some chairman, somewhere, stroking his chin as he ponders the possibility.

Certainly you can’t see Warnock wanting to re-start anywhere in the bottom two divisions again.

Neither could you imagine too many Premier League possibilities. Whatever way to want to cook it - and we all know why the Blades went down and shouldn’t have done - his sides have struggled in the top flight and he hasn’t cut it up there.

But there may be just the odd Championship chairman who reckons he could utilise someone with such a recent record of promotions to the top flight.

Not too many of them mind, and plenty he wouldn’t put a bargepole anywhere near, but one name that keeps surfacing, rightly or wrongly, is Leeds United.

That would appeal to Warnock’s sense of mischief knowing the ‘relationship’ between that club and anything Sheffield. He could say what a great job Ken Bates he thinks has done there and how wonderful he’s always thought Leeds fans were. And he wouldn’t bother at all if he thought people could see a tongue pressing the inside of his cheek!

Perhaps the man I’ve referred to in the past as the Great Manipulator (and he’s already had one or two “last jobs” remember) is, at 63, pondering the possibility of a life as a media commentator.

He has a newspaper column and he pops up in TV studios and on the radio from time to time. He might reckon that’s his way forward now.

Through good, bad or ill, Warnock has become a managerial “personality”. His name may well crop up and be ‘linked’ if and when some managerial vacancies arise.

If it does, you’ll know he’s sniffing around and happy for a comeback. If it doesn’t then take it he’s decided to look for his footballing carpet slippers. For now anyway!