Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Marching, Jun 17, 2011.
Warnock will bring them up. A shrewd move by Bates imo.
NEIL WARNOCK turned down interest from five clubs to become Leeds United’s new manager, the Yorkshire Post can reveal.
The 63-year-old, confirmed as Simon Grayson’s successor on Saturday morning, watched from the stand as his new side produced a stirring fightback to beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 at Elland Road.
Luciano Becchio’s stoppage-time winner meant a happy end to a whirlwind 48 hours for Warnock, who the previous day had flown out to Monaco to meet United chairman Ken Bates and seal a return to his native Yorkshire.
Warnock’s decision to accept Bates’s offer came as a blow to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had placed him at the top of their wanted list to replace Mick McCarthy, and Huddersfield Town.
Speaking exclusively to the Yorkshire Post in his new office at United’s Thorp Arch training ground yesterday afternoon, Warnock said: “I have never been as popular, which is quite unusual for me.
“Last week I spoke to four clubs (including Leeds), while since then I have also had another couple on the phone asking if I was still available.
“I am not blowing my own trumpet but there aren’t a lot of good managers around and it is difficult for clubs to get the right fit.
“To me, Leeds just felt right whereas when talking to the others there were one or two things that didn’t.
“What I liked when I spoke to the chairman (Bates) was that he didn’t say, ‘Let’s talk about the possibility of becoming manager’.
“Instead, he made it clear on the phone before we even met that he wanted me to come here.
“Where the others wanted to interview me and talk about this and that, Ken just said, ‘We know each other, come over (to Monaco) and we’ll sort things out’. I just thought to myself, ‘That’s how you do business’.
“Having said all that, the biggest thing for me was the fans. It is not the financial situation because I am on a lot less than I was on (at QPR) but instead the potential to work with a 30,000 crowd. The thought makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
“I remember coming to Elland Road when Manchester United played there once and I had never seen or heard anything like it. The crowd was magnificent.
“I have been back a few times to watch games and it always amazes me just how many fans keep turning up no matter how well the team is doing. That is true support.
“The place was rocking in the final 20 minutes on Saturday and you can’t tell me that the players weren’t inspired by that. In fact, sitting here with you in this office 24 hours on, I have got goosebumps.
“Everyone got behind the team and they dragged a win out of a defeat.”
Warnock’s arrival at Elland Road has led many in the game to ask whether two of football’s biggest characters will be able to work together in harmony.
One man who has no such fears, however, is the Leeds manager. He said: “I have always got on well with Ken, right from when we first met to discuss the Chelsea job (in 1991 when Warnock turned down Bates’s offer to stay at Notts County).
“When Sheffield United won 4-0 at Elland Road (in 2005), I went to see him (in the boardroom). Then, when Leeds beat my Crystal Palace team 4-0 a couple of years later I went to see him again.
“I thought I owed him that bit of happiness. Things like that, he appreciates. I am not someone who just pops up when things are going well.
“When I took over at Crystal Palace, the headlines were all about how me and Simon Jordan couldn’t work together. But we did.
“The thing about the chairman is that I think he does a lot of good things. That is not me trying to creep round him and there will be times when I’ll have to tell him what I feel is right for the club and he’ll have to listen.
“But we have that relationship where he respects me and I respect him.”
After seeing how Doncaster were able to capitalise on United’s defensive frailties, Warnock is looking to bring in at least one signing before the weekend visit to Portsmouth.
He is, however, also keen to stress that every member of his squad will start with a clean slate.
The Leeds chief added: “I have worked with Leigh Bromby and Michael Brown before, while in the past I have tried to sign (Billy) Paynter and (Lloyd) Sam when he was doing well at Charlton.
“There are two or three who haven’t been in the picture recently who know they have an opportunity now. It will be interesting to see how they react to that.
“I think I can get a lot out of Becchio too, if I am honest. I told him before the game, ‘Can you remember how you played against (Warnock’s) Crystal Palace in that (Carling) Cup game?’ He won every header that night.
“He said ‘yes’ so I asked him to do the same against Doncaster. His finish to beat Doncaster was special and I think the fans will see a difference in him, as will be the case with one or two players.”
Meanwhile, the Football Association seem certain to launch an investigation into the brawl that broke out in the tunnel between the two sets of players at the end of Saturday’s derby.
Rovers manager Dean Saunders declined to speak to the media after the game, as did both teams.
Great appointment Marching, he'll get you up by the end of next season, defo. Then you can sack the fucking lunatic, obviously.
Never dull being a Leeds fan mate.....fecking annoying most of the time but never boring!
You keeping well?
Yes thanks. Can't get a ticket for Sunday for love nor money but we're meeting up in London to get on the piss and watch it on the telly. Somma is still out injured then?
You mean to say Davide hasn't let you know how he's getting on?
He's back training apparently but it's been a bad injury....looking forward to seeing some more goals from him.
Have a good time on Sunday!
It will interesting to see Warnock's influence in our next game....
0-0 away game we could have won...McCormack very unlucky with an attempt that hit the bar and then bounced on the line.
In Warnock We Trust
It will be interesting to see how long it takes Warnock to start tucking into the Match Officials...... I'm sure he missed that more than the day to day job over Xmas & New Year
Had a wonderful day out yesterday, went PAST Wembley stadium on the way down to meet the lads, there were loads of Cardiff on the train and to a man they were sound as a pound. I particularly enjoyed the Blackberry clip of their little bald mate who the previous night had been auditioning for the role of drunkest man ever to not actually die of alcohol poisoning.
But the funniest bit of the day was talking with Red Cafe's favourite son Andy@Allerton. I said 'those fucking mancs on The Caff don't like you one little bit do theymate'. He then told me somebody had put a bounty on his head and that there was a thread started looking for a hitman to kill him off. Is this true Marching?
I suppose a win is a win BUT...You jammy buggers! Glad you had a good time mate.
As for a hitman going after AngryAndy @Allerton ...it does sound like one of his fantasies...but you never know with RedCafe... Say goodbye to him from me
Miller should have finished it, put off by a last ditch effort from Andy Carrol of all people. But we were clearly the better side over the 120 minutes, created more chances and had more efforts on goal. Cardiff are a good side though, they'll hold their own in the Prem if they get up. Not sure them playing swansea is a good thing though.
Carroll seems to be feeling a bit more at home on merseyside...Buying a house he's renting I hear. Although he does still come up here a lot.
Oh and stop polluting my Leeds thread with this liverpool stuff!
Just tuned in. Epic goalmouth scramble there.
I don't think we did too badly against a side having a great season and who are highly likely to go up.
We certainly worked our socks off and, had we been just a little luckier, we'd have won.
Becchio = 176 app - 63 goals / Berbatov = 147 app - 56 goals.
That's not scoring a lot more, in fact Berbatov has a better goals per game ratio.
I just felt I needed to point this out.
Who says he scores a LOT more goals? The song simply says he scores more goals which he does.....and I think you're wise to ignore their transfer fees
Away point at Hell is OK. As Warnock said, it was difficult playing on a rugby pitch.
According to Football Weekly, Leeds and Southampton broke the record for the most amount of players in the six-yard box at a single time... which I just find to be a totally ridiculous (though pretty humerous) record to break/have.
Anyway, here is the pictoral evidence...
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Southampton were desperate at times!
Tough away game on Sunday...
Don't forget your gas masks lads
Great away day in Smogland....fantastic team performance for a well deserved 2-0 win.
Next up is a tough one against FatHead Sams mob...never liked them!
Brilliant performance against a team that should be streets ahead in this division. We have certainly upped the work rate since Warnock arrived and it so nearly paid off with a win.
Robinson put in some crunching tackles which really got the Leeds fans up for it...all four sides of ER singing MOT. The 3,500 horrible cockneys in the 34,000 crowd played their part in making it a good atmosphere.
Losing 3-7 at home to lowly Nottingham Forest...
W T F??!!
It's seemingly never dull at Elland Road this season...
Bloody ridiculous game....we've recently dominated games against Saints and west ham and then this....this football lark is a fecking daft game!
Absolutely fantastic! I was at the Derby v Forest game and they looked absolutely woeful then.
OK OK OK...move along people!
made my day
Oi! At least we scored 3
Do you want me to post a table with where Forest are in the league?
They are also one of the lowest scorers in the division and football league.
Shock horror you getting stick on a Man Utd forum, fuck knows why we have this thread anyway.
Keep your fecking panties on you miserable sod.
It's a bit of fun!
I see Warnock's style is evolving then ?
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