Neil Warnock on life under Ken Bates at Leeds United, and El Hadji Diouf

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Former Leeds United boss has been speaking about a couple of key decisions he made.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock believes it was impossible to be successful under Ken Bates' management at Leeds United.

The often controversial manager says that a lack of investment from the former owner made taking the club forward an unforgiving task.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: "I had to help him sell the club. There was no money.

"He didn’t want to spend anything because he was selling the club. You couldn’t get success there.’’

The majority of transfer business conducted was free agent additions or loan signings, and one of his most controversial was El Hadji Diouf, a player he had previously described as a 'sewer rat'.

Yet Warnock goes onto admit that he has grown to like the player, who was released by the club over the summer.

"He was the best trainer by a mile at Leeds. Every day he used to help the kids, go home last. I’ll never forget before I signed him, the referee Eddie Wolstenholme, pulling me and saying: ‘You’re talking about Diouf?’

"‘Oh aye,’ I thought to myself. ‘What’s he going to say?!’ Eddie said: ‘Can I just say that I was at a charity do last week with these disabled children and Diouf was there first and was there half an hour after the end and he spoke to every child.’ Nobody sees that part of Dioufy."

With Bates keen to sell the club, it's little wonder he did not put any money into the side, and the club's success was limited.

He wanted only a safe pair of hands to steady the ship, that he had in Warnock, who now will feel he is getting his reward with possibly his last shot in the Premier League.



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