'Blade' Neil Warnock in running to rescue Sheffield Wednesday
Neil Warnock once joked if he ever became Sheffield Wednesday manager he would do his best to get them relegated, instead he may become the man tasked with keeping the Championship club up.
The 65-year-old former Sheffield United manager is a shock contender to replace Dave Jones, who was sacked on Sunday with Wednesday in the Championship's bottom two.
Warnock has long been admired by Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric, who almost persuaded him to manage Portsmouth eight years ago. Mandaric is considering selling Wednesday, but knows the club's value will plummet if they return to League One. He believes Warnock is the type of experienced manager who can save Wednesday.
It would only be a short-term agreement, to the end of the season, but that would suit Warnock, who now lives in Cornwall with his two school-age children. It is understood that he nearly took the Crystal Palace job on a similar basis last month. However, there could be problems with the Wednesday supporters.
Warnock was born in the steel city but grew up supporting United before managing the Blades for eight years. He was also involved in a furious row with Jones, and Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, after last season's match at Hillsborough against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, who were Warnock's last employers.
Kirkland confronted Warnock in the dressing room after Warnock accused him on live TV of "going down like a ton of bricks" after the goalkeeper was struck by a Leeds fan who had invaded the pitch. Warnock has been doing media work, including his column in The Independent, since leaving Leeds in April.
In the meantime, first-team coach Stuart Gray has been appointed Wednesday's caretaker-manager and will be in charge for Tuesday night's match against Leicester City.
Neil Warnock once joked that he would take over Wednesday and try to get them relegated
Latest in Sport
Norwich 2 Liverpool 3 match report: Liverpool go five points clear of Chelsea at top of Premier League table on day Luis Suarez hits goal number 30
Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker shows both his sides after hitting 30 Premier League goals but play acting yet again
Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: Graceless reaction of Jose Mourinho a sad effort to hide his own flaws
David Moyes says Manchester United passed 'brilliantly', despite 2-0 defeat to Everton
Liverpool: Three remaining fixtures - can they remain on top of the Premier League table?
- 1 Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: Graceless reaction of Jose Mourinho a sad effort to hide his own flaws
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
Ukraine crisis: Helicopter gunships take country closer to all-out war