Sheffield United: Departed Warnock targets ‘niche’ role

Former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock.
Former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock.
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ANYBODY in the football fraternity who believe they have seen the last of Neil Warnock can think again.

Following his departure from Leeds United, Warnock, born and raised in Sheffield, hopes to stay in the beautiful game in some capacity.

The 64-year-old, who steered Sheffield United into the Premier League in 2006, said: “I don’t think you can say [it is] the end, there are all sorts of opportunities. There is a company I have been speaking to for a number of weeks who are going to help me on the media side which I am very pleased about.

“I also have a book coming in June and I have a couple of weeks to finish the final chapter which should be interesting, the trials and tribulations of a football manager. I think I have done more work in five years than most in 50 - I think there is a niche between manager and directors that needs filling.”

The Whites parted company with Warnock in the wake of their 2-1 defeat to Derby County, the club’s third loss in a row in the Championship, a result which virtually extinguished their hopes of securing a play-off place.

Warnock, in charge of the Blades between December 1999 and May 2007, had previously stated he would leave Leeds if they failed to win promotion. Dubai-based private equity group GFH Capital, who took over Leeds in December, have placed Neil Redfearn in temporary charge

“I am always confident in myself and I feel it was very difficult,” he said. “I relied on having [Robert] Snodgrass at the club and we had to sell him to Norwich and losing him was a major blow and at a crucial time in pre-season we never really replaced him. We lacked two or three signings and I think the new owners know that and I think the investment will be there for the new manager, but I wanted it yesterday and didn’t think the takeover would take so long - it came just too late for January and the next manager will benefit from that.”

Gus Poyet and Brian McDermott are in the frame for the vacant Leeds job.