Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock is the former manager of Leeds United. The outspoken Independent columnist has also managed QPR, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United among others.

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Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz al-Hasawi at the City Ground for Tuesday night’s match with Charlton

Neil Warnock: I could have got Nottingham Forest promoted into the Premier League

Once I’d made my decision I had to call Lee Peltier, who signed thinking I’d be there

Ryan Giggs may not have too many more big European games ahead of him but he showed his class against Olympiakos

Neil Warnock: Ryan Giggs’ timeless display may enable David Moyes to switch off at last

I don’t see how he can play Van Persie, Rooney and Mata in the same team

Neil Warnock pour the bubbly, while Simon Clare and David Stevens of Coral and Alan Brazil lift their glasses

Neil Warnock: Three winners out of six... you can put me down as a red-hot tipster the next time the Cheltenham Festival comes around

It’s always interesting seeing a different sport close up. The build-up was exciting

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw could make the England shirt his own in future and be partnered on the right flank by Nathaniel Clyne or Kyle Walker, both of whom I’ve worked with
QPR were heading for League One when I took over but my rebuilt side avoided the drop

Neil Warnock: Taking over a struggling team and trying to engineer a rescue is tough – at QPR I made decisions that proved crucial

I told Taarabt that no matter how badly he played he would stay in the team

Massimo Cellino has bought a controlling 75 per cent stake in Leeds United after selling his Italian club Cagliari, it was confirmed yesterday

Neil Warnock: The only thing worse than an interfering owner is uncertainty over ownership – Brian McDermott could get one after the other

QPR were playing a pre-season friendly and I was standing by the dugout, shouting instructions to my players, when my phone rang. It was Flavio Briatore, the club’s owner back then.

On the way up – that's me in the middle with Adel Taarabt (right) and Alejandro Faurlin in happy QPR days
Nikica Jelavic, one of Hull's new signings, is unveiled at the KC Stadium. With his top-flight experience he should soon make an impact

Neil Warnock: The January transfer window is a nightmare for clubs at both ends of the table so getting business done early is essential

The best deal may turn out to be one of the most low-profile: Kevin Phillips to Leicester

I know how difficult it is to take the reins at a club after a period of success

Neil Warnock: I know how David Moyes feels...

...as I found to my cost at Bury it is sometimes harder to take over a winning team than a losing one

Tony Fernandes joins me at QPR, where I was not his personal No 1 choice

Neil Warnock: From Ken Bates to Flavio Briatore, Simon Jordan to Tony Fernandes... it’s been lively

Tan made me think about some of the owners I’ve worked under

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