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Neil Warnock opens up about Robert Snodgrass situation at Leeds United

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Former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock ‘could have cried’ when Robert Snodgrass left Elland Road in 2012.

In an interview with talkSPORT, the now Cardiff City head coach explained his sadness when his former player, Snodgrass, moved to then Premier League side Norwich City during the summer transfer window.

Warnock stated: “Snodgrass… I could have cried. He was the one chance we had. He came to see me and I said: ‘I don’t want you to go’.

“He said: ‘just for the family gaffer, I’ve got to go!’ And he was right and I had to let him go.”

The 69-year-old was in charge of the Peacocks for just over a year, starting his reign in 2012, and was adamant he could have done something special, had his star man stayed.

Warnock added: ““I was so disappointed when I was at Leeds. I thought I could have turned that club around. [In] pre-season, I thought we’ve got a chance here. And a week before [the season started], Norwich came in for Snodgrass and Ken Bates said to me: ‘you’ve got to sell him for £1 million as we need the money”.

Neil Warnock’s new side ended last season as the Championship runners up, gaining promotion to the Premier League, but finishing second behind Nuno Spirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers.

According to Wales Online, a number of Cardiff City players have been offered new contracts at the club, and the head coach will receive full backing.

The Verdict

Neil Warnock might not make as much noise as the likes of Nuno Spirito Santo, but the veteran manager has impressed this season, and got his side promoted.

The interview shows a different side to Warnock; one that we will be seeing in the Premier League next season.

Cardiff City will go into next season as one of the relegation favourites, and will need to invest in some new talent at the club, if they are to stay up.

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