Neil Warnock says a return to Sheffield United is “not on the cards”

Neil Warnock celebrates taking Sheffield United into the Premier League
Neil Warnock celebrates taking Sheffield United into the Premier League
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Neil Warnock has further distanced himself from a reported return to Sheffield United as manager, insisting: “I don’t think that will be on the cards”.

Warnock, who took United to the Premier League in 2006, has been mentioned by some Blades supporters as a potential replacement for Nigel Clough, sacked by United on Monday after his failure to get the club promoted.

But Warnock, speaking to bwin, said: “I’ve not spoken to the chairman [Kevin McCabe], apart from in passing, since I left. I don’t think that will be on the cards.”

The veteran also said he fancies Norwich to survive in the Premier League next season, if they get their summer recruitment right.

“At the end of August, when that window closes in the Premier League, you’re on your own,” he said.

“You can’t go and loan someone like in the Championship or the lower divisions.

“And it’s so hard. I remember at Sheffield United, we lost three centre-halves in a week in October.

“We had six weeks without a centre-half. You can’t do it at that level. You’ve got to have a good squad with depth in all areas.”

Asked if there were any jobs over the last six months he’d have fancied, Warnock said: “There are numerous jobs that I would have liked to have had a crack at!

“My wife gave me the old ‘you do that again!’. I’ve retired three times now, but the jobs I’ve taken since were jobs I couldn’t refuse.

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“I loved going back to Palace. I enjoyed Leeds, even though they were in a tricky financial situation. I don’t think they’ve been any better since I left. We had a great chance; if we had just invested a little bit when Snodgrass was sold. I was told we could have the money for Snodgrass.

“If that had developed I think we’d have been up because we had a decent side.”