QUEENS Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock has revealed he takes “no pleasure” from Sheffield United’s troubles this season.
Five years after guiding them into the Premier League, Warnock now finds himself in the unenviable position of knowing that a win for the Championship leaders at Loftus Road next week could nudge his former club one step closer towards relegation.
With Crystal Palace and Scunthorpe in action 48 hours before they travel to the capital, United are in danger of starting Monday’s contest in 23rd place and seven points adrift of safety.
Despite being “determined” to end QPR’s long exile from the top-flight, Warnock told The Star: “I don’t enjoy these games. I want to win for Rangers, my players, the supporters here and myself.
“But, at the same time, I don’t like seeing United where they are. I don’t take any pleasure from it whatsoever. I stood on The Kop as a young lad.”
Micky Adams, the man charged with preserving United’s Championship status, endured a difficult start at Bramall Lane but has breathed new life into the visitors’ survival bid by masterminding recent triumphs over Nottingham Forest and Leeds. With eight matches of the campaign remaining, Adams has urged his squad to “prove the doubters and the cynics wrong” by leaping out of the bottom three.
Warnock, who parted company with United following the Carlos Tevez Affair in 2007, added: “Can United stay up? It’s going to be difficult, that’s for sure, but they can do it. I’ve spoken with Micky a few times since he got the job in December and I’ve got no problems with him at all. He’s a fighter too.
“I’m expecting a tough game. I’ve told my lads that they’ll probably find the games they’re supposed to do well in the hardest.”