Neil Warnock has revealed that he was close to becoming the manager of Sheffield Wednesday during Milan Mandaric’s time owning the club.
The 72-year-old has dropped the bombshell on the eve of Wednesday’s trip to his current side Middlesbrough, with Warnock able to relegate the Owls should Boro come out on top at the Riverside Stadium.
The veteran would probably take great delight in that considering he is a boyhood Sheffield United fan, managing the club for eight years between 1999 and 2007 and got them back to the Premier League for a single season.
Warnock has been well-travelled throughout his career, but it would have been a real shock if he ever took the Wednesday job due to his strong Blades roots.
But he’s admitted that’s exactly what could’ve happened when Mandaric was the owner of the Owls between 2010 and 2014 as he was approached to become their new manager.
Warnock didn’t reveal the exact time-frame of when he was approached, but he admitted that is was a job he would’ve taken on despite his links to the red and white half of the city.
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“I nearly took over there a few years ago,” Warnock said of the Owls, per the Yorkshire Post.
“Milan Mandaric offered me the job on the Friday night and I said: ‘Listen, you have the weekend to think about, Milan.’
“’Ask your chief executive and one or two others about what they think about it. Get it out in the press what you are thinking and if you still want me next week, I will take over on the Monday.
“And he said: ‘Ah yes, Neil – I see what you mean!’ In fairness to the Sheffield Star newspaper, they did a poll and I think I got sixty per cent would say they would have me.
“I thought that was good, if I am honest. I would have enjoyed it as well at that time.”
Warnock at Hillsborough would have been a very interesting sight indeed and it would have definitely caused city-wide ructions.
It is hard to believe though that he would have taken the job on at the time, even though Warnock did say that he considered it due to the way Sheffield United had treated him a few years before.
If time could be turned back, Wednesday fans would have probably snapped their hand off for Warnock and who knows, he could have been the man to deliver Premier League football for the Owls but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out like that.