Thursday, 2 February 2012

Leeds United Warnock Bookies Favorite for Managers Job

Neil Warnock has emerged as the early favorite to replace the sacked Simon Grayson and become the Leeds United manager.Grayson’s three year spell in charge came to an end yesterday with former QPR manager Warnock now set for a return to his native Yorkshire.The 63-year-old, who was sacked from his role at Loftus Road in December, is the 1/2 favorite with bookmakers, after guiding both the Londoners and Sheffield United to promotion to the Premier Leauge on limited budgets.The situation at Molineux with Wolves fan’s calling for the head of Mick McCarthy has also led to the former Ireland manager emerging as a contender for the role.The appointment of McCarthy would be interesting as Warnock is also amongst the favorites for the Wolves job should the Premier League strugglers opt for a change.Roberto Di Matteo has also been linked he remains a close friend of Bates and his wife Suzannah from their days together at Chelsea.
The former Italian international led MK Dons to the League One play-offs before being lured away by West Bromwich Albion.In his only full season at The Hawthorns, Albion won automatic promotion to the Premier League.He is now on Andre Villas-Boas’s coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, meaning any return to the Championship is likely to involve a pay cut on his part.A further complication could be his links with SW6 given how reluctant Leeds supporters were to embrace another Chelsea old boy when Dennis Wise succeeded Kevin Blackwell in 2006. Other contenders for the role at this stage include former Leeds assistant manager Gus Poyet, currently at Brighton, former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, a league winner with the club, and highly rated Huddersfield Town supremo boss Lee Clark.While internet and newspaper rumors are also linking BBC pundit Alan Shearer with the role however the former Newcastle United’s lack of experience, not to mention his comfort on the television couch could play against him.

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