Whatever you think of Leeds United manager Neil Warnock, you can't take away the fact that the guy knows how to get teams promoted. And Leeds fans will be hoping that this season their much-fancied club can become Warnock's 8th promotion in 25-odd years.
And despite last night's defeat against Blackpool (who will also be there or thereabouts come the end of the season), Warnock's ability to motivate his players to go on to greater things cannot be questioned. Nor can his ability to work with what he has got - he's never been in a position where a Chairman throws money at him (and a good job, too, if Ken Bates is running the show).
Warnock's big problem though is not getting up (especially from the Championship) - it's staying in the Premier League. He did well at Sheffield United, but a lack of money for new signings made relegation the next season inevitable. Warnock also became a legend with QPR fans two seasons back for getting them into the Prem, but again a lack of money meant that the team struggled (as it did after Warnock was sacked and big money was spent on new signings by successor Mark Hughes).
Now Warnock may well pull another rabbit out of the hat this season and get Leeds promoted. But then what ? Ken Bates seems unlikely to put his hands in his pocket, so a tough season in the Prem beckons. But then the club may be sold (something most Leeds fans are praying for), and money could then become available for new players. But new owners invarably means a new manager, and either way Warnock is looking at achieving an unwanted hattrick with Leeds United - not surving more than a season in the Premier League.
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