Neil Warnock lands Leeds job

Neil Warnock has returned to management – with Championship side Leeds rather than Wolves his destination.

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Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has returned to management – with Championship side Leeds rather than Wolves his destination.

The widely-travelled 63-year-old has agreed a contract which commits him to the Elland Road club until the end of next season.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates said: "We believe the appointment is arguably the most important we have made.

"The objective was to appoint a manager who had for a proven track record of getting teams promoted and in Neil we have a man whose record is second to none.

"We want to be in the Premier League and we will support Neil in the quest to get us there."

Warnock, who will appoint his own backroom staff, told Leeds' official website, www.lufc.co.uk: "I feel I have one big challenge left in me and believe Leeds is a club that should be in the Premier League.

"I want to be the man who is able to deliver this for a set of fans who never cease to amaze me with their numbers and their loyalty.

"Having met with Ken Bates it was an easy decision to take up the challenge and with his support, we share the same vision of getting Leeds United in the Premier League."

Neil Redfearn remains in charge for today's npower Championship game against Doncaster, and will return to his role with the club's Academy next week.

Ray Fell, chairman of Leeds' supporters club, is pleased with the appointment of a man who has led QPR and Sheffield United into the top flight.

He told Sky Sports News: "He's a man that can motivate us and reopen our season.

"There's no money available so he may bring a loan player in or two - but he'll give us experience and get the most out of the players on the books, which for the last period hasn't been happening."

The 63-year-old was a free agent after losing his job at QPR last month, and had been linked with the vacancies at Wolves and former club Huddersfield, both of whom parted company with their managers this week.

United owner Bates had been looking to fill the gap created by Simon Grayson’s departure on February 1.

Warnock was photographed meeting Bates and Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey in Bates’ home city of Monaco yesterday.

Meanwhile Wolves will conduct a second wave of interviews this weekend in order to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for Mick McCarthy’s successor.

Wolves spoke to Warnock while Alan Curbishley and Steve Bruce were interviewed by chairman Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey.

But all three were advised that other candidates are on the club’s radar which is likely to push back an appointment to the early part of next week.

Morgan and Moxey are still adamant that they want their new gaffer at the helm in time to engage a shaken and confidence-shredded squad and prepare a game plan for next weekend’s visit to Newcastle.

All the remaining candidates on the list will be in the “out of work” bracket and available for hire without any wrangles – but a volatile bookies’ market underlines just how open the field is beyond the front three candidates.

Two former servants of a smiliar vintage, Paul Ince and his ex-boss Dave Jones, have both let it be known that they would relish the chance to pitch for the job.

Beyond them are improbable figures such as Gianluca Vialli, out of work since 2002 and yet a curious third favourite for many bookmakers, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rafa Benitez.

Sacked Huddersfield boss and rising talent Lee Clark shot up the betting market as well. However he clashes with Wolves’ intention to seek out a man experienced in the Premier League.