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Under fire Warnock preparing way for Leeds United departure

Rival managers Neil Warnock and Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: IAN HARBER

Rival managers Neil Warnock and Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: IAN HARBER

Neil Warnock’s days as Leeds United manager look numbered after his side crashed out of the FA Cup with a whimper on Sunday.

The 4-0 defeat at Manchester City on the back of a run of three games without a win in the Npower Championship to leave the Whites eight points off a play-off place has heaped pressure on the man who was brought in to bring promotion for Leeds and has had exactly a year in the hot seat.

Warnock came in for more criticism from fans at the Etihad Stadium and appeared himself to suggest he was running out of time at Elland Road when he spoke to the media.

He said: “I don’t deserve that (abuse) after the year I have had. “I understand their feelings and the noise they make shows what sort of club it is.

“If we go up, the owners know I won’t be here and the further away we get (from promotion) the club will be looking to see what they’re going to do and, if I can, I will help them.

“I’m living away from home for one last year at promotion. I’m sure the club will be sensible and in a couple of years they will be back in the big time.

“It’s their prerogative (to sack him), if they think it will help, I’m not against it. Whatever is best for Leeds United. But with what’s gone on over the last 12 months I think I deserve a medal.”

 

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