Carlton Palmer has said he is not sure whether to take Neil Warnock’s claims he nearly took over as manager of Sheffield Wednesday with a pinch of salt, speaking to Football League World exclusively.
The veteran manager will remain in the game for at least another season next year with him set to be in charge of Middlesbrough as he looks to build on this year’s progress at the Riverside.
Indeed, he’ll be expecting to put together a real play-off challenge next season given his record and that is certainly something Sheffield Wednesday would be liking to look forward to with the way this campaign has gone.
In fact, Warnock recently suggested that he nearly became the Owls boss a few years ago in an interview with the Yorkshire Post – a move that would have caused a real stir given his Sheffield United links.
And, in an exclusive interview with Football League World, Carlton Palmer, the former Owls player, says he’s not sure how truthful Warnock is being, though he is intrigued to know what chairman offered him the role if the claim from him is accurate.
“Well, I don’t know whether Neil Warnock was playing mind games or whatever. These things do happen but I was close to signing for Sheffield United and he denied it.
“I don’t really know but it would have surprised me from the hierarchy. How are you going to employ him if you’re the chairman of the football club, and I’m assuming that was still Chansiri, when he was manager of the Blades for so many years?
“I would say it’s highly unlikely and the previous chairman Mandaric, who I’ve got a lot of respect for and know well, wouldn’t have done that.
“So I’d be interested to know which chairman had offered him a job to go there. If Chansiri had spoken to him, I mean, don’t get me wrong, whether you like Neil Warnock or not his record speaks for itself but you still have to be crazy because you’re turning the supporters against you.”
It really would have caused a stir seeing Warnock head to Hillsborough but he’s at Middlesbrough now and seems happy there.