FORMER Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock pledged to never again preside over a Leeds United team like his current one after they slumped to another abject defeat, this time a 2-0 loss to Derby.
It was United’s 10th home reversal of the season, with goals from Craig Bryson and Steven Davies confirming their position of Championship also-rans.
Warnock, known as a promotion expert, was given the Elland Road reins after Simon Grayson’s sacking in February and has spent the last seven weeks running the rule of the squad he inherited.
He now feels he has got their number and has vowed to put things right over the summer.
“The end of the season can’t come quickly enough,” the veteran manager said.
“I said to (Derby manager) Nigel Clough at the end, ‘Enjoy this, Nigel, because you’ll never see another Leeds United team or a Neil Warnock team like this’.
“We had a lot of players playing today that know they won’t be here next season. We’ve not got enough Leeds United-type players.
“We don’t revel in the atmosphere and that’s what we will do next year. We will revel in it.”
Friday’s 2-0 defeat at Reading saw United receive criticism in some quarters, with their robust, tough-tackling display reminiscent of days gone by when the club picked up its ‘Dirty Leeds’ tag.
Michael Brown did his best to add to that today, getting sent off 26 minutes in for a studs-up tackle on Theo Robinson.
Although Warnock felt referee Oliver Langford was right to dismiss the midfielder, the Leeds boss was unhappy with the official for comments he claims were made before kick-off.
“I don’t think you can complain about the sending-off,” Warnock said.
“We all saw (Manchester City striker) Mario Balotelli’s tackle at the weekend and I think refs have been watching it. You don’t have to put them in that situation and Michael is wrong to do so. Putting his foot high gave him an excuse.
“But the referee said to Danny Pugh in the tunnel before the game ‘I saw your game on Friday’. I think that’s pre-meditated, totally wrong and out of order.”