Neil Warnock has pulled out of the running to be the next Sheffield Wednesday manager.
The 65-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving Leeds United in April, spoke to Owls chairman Milan Mandaric about the vacant managerial position last night.
But given his strong links to Sheffield United, lifelong Blades fan Warnock has today decided to ruled himself out of succeeding Dave Jones, who was sacked on Sunday.
Warnock is a boyhood Blades fan and managed the Bramall Lane outfit between December 1999 and May 2007. He also made derogatory comments about United’s city rivals in 2002.
“I did speak to Milan Mandaric last night and I think we both realised then that it wasn’t going to be,” Warnock said.
“When Milan phoned me originally, I did tell him it would be pretty much impossible to manage Sheffield Wednesday when I’m a Blade, but he asked me to have time to think about it.
“No disrespect to the other candidates, but he wanted me to try and keep them up. He has tried to bring me in as his manager about four times over the last 20 years so I have got a lot of respect for him.
“I have been really pleased about the number of people in Sheffield - Sheffield Wednesday fans as well - that wanted me. But I think it’s time to put myself to bed.
“I spoke to Milan last night and we both realised that it wasn’t the right time. I don’t think it was going to benefit anybody by dragging it on.”