Neil Warnock resigns from Leeds United

NEIL Warnock last night resigned at Leeds United in the wake of the club’s 2-1 loss to Derby in the npower Championship yesterday.

Academy coach Neil Redfearn has been placed in charge while the club’s owners search for a replacement. Yesterday’s defeat was United’s sixth in a row, and many of Warnock’s 62nd matches in charge have been accompanied by abusive chants from his own supporters. He signed an 18-month deal last February and said it would be his last job, with the sole aim being to get a record eighth promotion before retirement. That has not happened, though, and he leaves the club in 12th position.

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“We would like to thank Neil for his efforts during his time [here] and share his disappointment that we could not achieve promotion this season,” said chief executive Shaun Harvey.

“We now need to look to the future and the search for his replacement is under way.”

Out-of-work former Reading boss Brian McDermott has already expressed an interest in the post while the club are known to be admirers of Brighton’s Gus Poyet.