Neil Warnock surprise candidate for vacant Sheffield Wednesday managerial position despite links with rivals United

Former Sheffield United manager is coveted by Wednesday chairman

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 David 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 it returns to League One. He believes Warnock is the type of experienced manager who can save the club from the drop.

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 he nearly took the Crystal Palace job on a similar basis last month. However, there could be problems with the Wednesday support.

Warnock was born in the steel city but grew up supporting United before managing them 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. Kirkland angrily confronted Warnock in the dressing room as the latter emerged form the shower and only the actions of Leeds staff prevented the incident becoming physical. Having subsequently seeing film of the assault Warnock later apologised unreservedly to Kirkland.

Now 65, Warnock has been doing media work, including his Independent column, since leaving Leeds in March. 

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk