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LUFC Warnock - I could have easily walked away

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he could have easily have walked away in the summer after being frustrated in the transfer market but admits he is intrigued as to what he can do at the club.

Warnock looked to revamp his squad quickly after the 2011/12 season ended, admitting the squad needed 'major surgery`.

After releasing seven players and putting a further six on the transfer list, Warnock wanted to add a number of players to his squad before leaving for his summer holiday towards the end of May.

Warnock managed to bring in just defender Jason Pearce from Portsmouth.

He was thwarted in his attempts to bring in his Portsmouth teammate Joel Ward after it was reported that Leeds could not afford to pay the 400,000 transfer fee up front, with Ward eventually joining fellow championship side Crystal Palace.

Warnock returned from holiday and secured the services of Norwich City defender Adam Drury and Derby County midfielder Paul Green, who both completed their moves to Elland Road on July 1st.

The Leeds boss says he is still working very hard to bring in new players and is asking for the fans to be patient. "I have not been sat on my backside, I have been really busy. While there has not been much news, I think the fans just have to trust me.

I think they know what I am doing behind the scenes and I am working on their behalf as well as the club.

All I have said to the supporters is to wait until the kick-off date to see how we are doing,"
Warnock told Yorkshire Radio.

There were reports that Warnock was ready to walk away from the club after being frustrated in the transfer market but the veteran manager says despite it being an easy option for him to walk away he wants to do the best he can for the club as he looks for a record breaking eighth promotion. "It is a great club. It would have been easy for me to leave the club and take on something a little bit different, but it does intrigue me and I am still here, and I am doing the best I can for everyone," added Warnock.

Warnock was hoping to have the majority of his new signings in time for the start of pre-season training.

The squad return to training on July 11th and kick off their pre-season campaign with a trip to Farsley Celtic on July 21st before heading to Devon and Cornwall for three games in the space of five days.

Leeds continue to be linked with a number of players with goalkeeper Paddy Kenny (QPR), defender Lee Peltier (Leicester City) and striker Luke Varney (Portsmouth) being continuously linked with a move to Elland Road over the summer.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 4 2012

Time: 3:20PM

Your Comments

I'm really pleased we have Warnock on board. But a little bit of me feels disappointed that walking away was even an option! He said above 'I am still here'. I should bloody well think so as well, he's only being doing the job 2 minutes. Already he is starting to make it sound like he's doing us some sort of favour by staying. He should be privileged to be able to manage a club such as Leeds. I know he has a good reputation as a manager who come's up with the goods in this league, but do me a favour....
trickyfandango
I said I would burn the shirt if we ever appointed this bloke at our club. Can't stand him and he will do himself no favours will comments like that again will he- where else better does he think he can go at this point? Can't wait for the opening fixture. See you there.
New York City Wolf
I can see it from his point of view. He was probably given promises by Bates that money would be available to bring in players. The second player he try's to sign the club can't afford it. He wanted most of his signings done in May, he had signed one and that must have been down to wages and fees not being agreed because Bates was pulling the purse strings.
dazza71
let's wait and see.
fleckstar
Hear this the Man talking... Tare
Tare
I see his point Bates will ruin any manager, 400k and couldn't purchase that says a lot about where we are going this season. If we can't afford that who the hell are we going to get in - loans and more loans yet again. HTF can Palace afford that??? I can see warnock leaving before Christmas if not before the start of the season.
Only-Sleggin
Looks that way Dazza71.If anyone can build a strong team in your current situation though its Neil Warnock.Will be interesting to see if he gets his hands on any of the money from the sale of Adam Clayton.
deano deano deano
He talks like he is invincible. Well Colin the honeymoon period of last season is well and truly over. The squad that is left and what you are bringing in is your decision. Get ready for the backlash this season if the performances continue like they finished off last season. We would have finished much higher than we did under you had Grayson stayed.
king billy
 

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