Warnock out! Leeds United fans split over manager's future

Sacked from QPR last January, could Neil Warnock face the axe at Leeds United one year on?

If Neil Warnock can make it to February without being sacked then he can wish himself a happy first birthday as Leeds boss.

However if a vocal portion of fans have anything to do with it, there will be no cake, and if he does make it, there will be no celebration in any case.

Leeds have lost three of their last four in the Championship, with a 2-0 defeat to relegation battlers Barnsley at the weekend a bitter pill for fans to take.

Nevertheless supporters of Warnock will point to the fact the club remain in 11th, just five points from the playoffs. 

But it is not just about points and statistics, it is Warnock's often unpredictable team selections and tactical decisions which have upset fans. 

2011/12 was a bad one for Leeds, and the weekend's performance against Barnsley was decried as 'worse than last season' by the Yorkshire Evening Post, concerned that the club is going backwards.

In the backdrop of all this, Leeds have been taken over by Dubai-based conglomerate GFH, who quickly made an impression with a couple of loan deals after the long-awaited takeover finally went through, but there have been no big impact thus far in the transfer window.

Nor is there likely to be, GFH are likely assessing whether Warnock is the man to take the club forward, or whether to bring in their own man.

Warnock himself says "I'm doing a great job, I'm not looking over my shoulder at all."

It's a good thing the manager is no fan of social networking, because #Warnockout was trending in Leeds at the weekend after the defeat, as angry fans made their feelings known.

Here is one amusing take on his tactics against Barnsley;


It is important to note not all Leeds fans feel the same way. It is hard to measure percentages of fans who want Warnock in and out, even polls can be misleading, and this fans website blog puts forward a very good case for keeping him, for now at least.

It is right to claim getting rid of the manager now may be too premature. Give him until the end of the season to see what he can achieve. Leeds are in no danger, and there was little hope of promotion before the season given the lack of investment and boardroom issues, so 11th is around where Leeds realistically could have expected to be.

In keeping him, they can at least say they have given him an entire season, and who knows, things may considerably improve. There are always going to be speed bumps along the way, and it wasn't so long ago Leeds upset then league leaders Crystal Palace at Elland Road.

Warnock's track record in getting clubs promoted to the Premier League is proven, so if he can show signs of improvement there can be hope for the future.

But if gets worse, with a portion of fans and the local press already on his back, don't be surprised if it all ends in tears at Leeds for Warnock in the not too distant future.

Does Warnock have a future at Leeds? What's your verdict? 

image: © Chris Robertshaw

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