Neil Warnock was appointed manager of Leeds United in February 2012.
The 71-year-old is one of football’s favourite characters and since entering an unofficial retirement earlier in the season, he’s remained prominent in the Championship debate throughout.
He achieved great success with several clubs in the Championship – including the likes of Sheffield United, QPR and Cardiff City – but the story was different at Leeds United.
Warnock would last little over a year at Elland Road, overseeing 63 games in charge and winning just 23, before parting ways with the club in April 2013, with Leeds sitting just five points above the relegation zone.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Warnock gave his verdict on the current Championship season, and Leeds’ delayed promotion plans:
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“The fans were amazing and they do deserve to be back in there. But the other clubs, they know that Leeds have blown up in the past, in the last few games – so you wouldn’t write Fulham and Brentford off.
“I hope that they can get the opportunity to finish it off, even if it is behind closed doors. For so long, how many years have they been trying to get back in the Premier League? Even when I was at Leeds.”
The club reached the play-off semi-finals last season under Marcelo Bielsa, and they currently sit top of the table this time round.
They were hitting their season’s best form before the break, and look set to bring home the Championship title, along with that all important promotion.
Warnock, for all his rants and off-key remarks over the years, has prevailed as one of English Football’s most popular figures.
He was the last of an old school bunch of managers and he feels the same way as many people do about Leeds’ current situation – it’s a truly cruel blow to their season, and it would be criminal if they weren’t playing in the Premier League next season.