Warnock for Wednesday would be a disaster, Billy Davies is not the messiah, more

In our newest feature ‘at the end of the day’ Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the big Championship news stories of the day. Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, and Sheffield Wednesday feature.

In this Football League focused ‘at the end of the day’ I take a look at the key stories mentioned around the league in the past day.

The latest news for Sheffield Wednesday fans to deal with is that former Sheffield United boss Neil 'Colin' Warnock being a viable candidate for the vacancy at Hillsborough, although any kind of logic should tell the 'decision makers' it isn't a good choice.

I am a great believer that when making a decision to bring in a manager, he should at least be as popular as the manager turfed out. Although, I get the feeling if Neil Warnock is appointed then Dave Jones may even get a few Christmas cards with the words 'I want you back' inside from Wednesday fans.

The logic behind the decision seems, well... illogical. I am looking from the outside-in but what I see is a side that needs an instantaneous lift and not someone else that would just ooze apathy amongst the Wednesday supporters, which would undoubtedly rub off on their players.


Another manager making the headlines is Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies. The Scottish manager is well-known to people around the division and has become part of the 'Championship experience' for fans to enjoy (if you like) doing impromptu #AskBilly twitter nights, off his trusty side-kick's account and talking about himself in third person.

Despite all the ugly personal habits of Davies, he can be considered as one of the most successful managers in the division and usually always good for a Play-Off spot when the season is over.

In the past he has openly moaned about nearly every single owner he has worked under for lack of backing. Unfortunately, he just can't use that excuse anymore as owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi DID put his money where his mouth is and now the emphasis is very much on him to do the business.

The Reds have collected just 10 points from their last 9 games, very much relegation battling form but due to the tightness of the league still remain in the fight for the play-offs. However, it does make you wonder how long short-tempered Fawaz will give him and after last night's antics, involved in a row with a professional photographer, he may just be feeling the pressure himself.


Finally, Leeds United...

Being one of the best supported clubs in the division, Leeds are hardly by contrast one of the most popular sides with the neutral. Still, with the recent running of the club under Bates and the poor state it was in, you can't begrudge them of happiness now they're seemingly play-off contenders under Brian McDermott and GFH Capital.

They have just broken news of a possible consortium offering investment for their promotion push in January, and for the club this could be massive.

I am of the belief that Leeds United ARE the biggest club in the division, aside from the Premier League top 5 and arguably Newcastle, they perhaps have the largest spread of fans base in the country, and there is definitely potential to fill the stadium week in, week out.

If they were to seriously reinforce their squad with enough quality in January to have a real go of Promotion then I think you could see Elland Road rocking again and any sort of momentum would swing the odds heavily in their favour.

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