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Polls: Who have been Leeds' best and worst managers since 2004 ahead of Neil Warnock's Elland Road return?

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson (L) shakes hands with Leeds manager Neil Warnock before the game

Leeds United have had 12 permanent managers since they fell out of the Premier League in 2004.

Since Leeds United fell out of the Premier League in 2004, they have had 12 permanent managers. But which of those 12 will go down in Leeds folklore for being the best and worst since the club were relegated from the top flight?

Before you get the chance to vote, here is a look at the 12 as well as some of the reasons why they may do better on one poll than the other...

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Kevin Blackwell

Only two managers since 2004 have managed Leeds more than 100 times, and Kevin Blackwell is one of them. He arguably had an incredibly difficult job given the club's problems off the pitch but still took them to a play-off final, though they never turned up on the day and were beaten comfortably by Watford.

Dennis Wise

Dennis Wise took over from Blackwell near the start of a campaign where Leeds would ultimately get relegated to the third tier and would appear to be on the brink of complete collapse. Perhaps the most positive spell from his tenure was the seven games at the start of 2007-08 season when Leeds quickly wiped out a 15 point deduction and moved themselves away from the relegation zone. He somewhat surprisingly took a director role at Newcastle in January of that season.

Gary McAllister

Gary McAllister - Former Leeds United ManagerGary McAllister

The Leeds legend was certainly a popular choice when he was appointed, but his tenure will probably not be remembered that fondly at all. They managed to reach the League One play-off final before losing to Doncaster, and it was under his leadership that they suffered the famous FA Cup defeat at Histon. He was sacked less than a month later.

Simon Grayson

No manager has taken charge of more Leeds games since 2004 than Simon Grayson. Like McAllister, he had a connection to the club having spent time there as a player. But while McAllister enjoyed the much more illustrious playing career at Elland Road, Grayson was much more impressive in the dugout. After missing out in the play-off semi-final in his first few months, Grayson's Leeds bounced back in his first full year, winning promotion to the Championship and famously beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

He nearly guided the Whites to the top six in their first season back in the second tier. And while his departure in 2012 was initially met with a fair amount of acceptance, fans soon realised how good a job he had actually done as the club continue to await another top-half finish.

Neil Warnock

After guiding the likes of Sheffield United and QPR to promotion to the top flight, Neil Warnock and Leeds seemed like the perfect fit. However, the partnership never quite worked out - though there was an FA Cup victory over Tottenham along the way - and he departed less than 14 months after his arrival. The takeover from GFH did not help his cause. 

Brian McDermott

Leeds United manager Brian McDermottBrian McDermott

Like Warnock, Brian McDermott's appointment appeared to make perfect sense, but something just did not click as life under GFH proved to be no better than life under Ken Bates. Of course, the most notable moment of McDermott's tenure was when he was seemingly sacked by incoming owner Massimo Cellino before being reinstated days after, making the club a laughing stock once again.

Dave Hockaday

After the incredible events following Cellino's arrival, it was not a surprise when McDermott parted company with the club just a few months later. What was a surprise - even to the Leeds fans who have to live by the mantra of expect the unexpected - was the announcement of his successor. Dave Hockaday had only managed in the non-league game before arriving at Elland Road. He lasted six games - winning two - before being axed. That was less of a surprise.

Darko Milanic

While Hockaday's appointment left fans stunned, at least he tasted victory before his departure. Darko Milanic had a lot more pedigree as a manager, but drew three and lost three before he was sacked 32 days into his reign. 

Neil Redfearn

Leeds United manager Neil RedfearnNeil Redfearn

After three caretaker stints, Neil Redfearn was finally given the job full-time in 2014. Though he only won 11 of his 33 games in charge, the fact that he had been the one to bring a cluster of exciting academy graduates through the ranks meant that he was extremely popular amongst the Elland Road faithful. 

Uwe Rosler

Massimo Cellino returned to his ruthless ways following the arrival of Uwe Rosler, wielding the axe just 12 games into his tenure. Leeds won just twice under the German.

Steve Evans

Having initially been an unpopular appointment, few would have expected that Steve Evans' final game as Leeds boss would see supporters chanting his name. The Whites never made the play-off push that Evans often spoke about, but his passion to succeed certainly endeared him to fans.

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Garry Monk

While Evans' departure was initially met with trepidation - given Cellino's record when it comes to appointing managers - Garry Monk's arrival has proved to be an inspired appointment. After a slow start, Leeds are in the play-off places and are now being talked about as outside contenders for automatic promotion. 

Now is your chance to vote... Once you have voted for your worst Leeds manager since 2004, simply flick through to take the poll looking for the best boss of the last 13 years.

 

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