Leeds United Unveil Neil Warnock as Their New Manager

S. GordonCorrespondent IIFebruary 19, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31:  Neil Warnock the Queens Park Rangers manager reacts on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates Stadium on December 31, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Neil Warnock has become the new manager of Leeds United and has signed a deal which will keep him at Elland Road until the end of next season.

Chairman Ken Bates had once tried to get Warnock to manage Chelsea back when he was the chairman at Stamford Bridge, now he has finally got his man and will hope to put together some good results for a late promotion push.

The pair met in Monaco to hash out a deal and they managed this time to agree on terms. A big thing for Ken Bates was to be able to bring in someone loyal and someone in who had a proven record with promotions and Warnock’s track record speaks for itself.

Leeds United are currently sitting in 11th place in the Championship, which may seem way off the pace, but are only six points out of the playoff places.

Warnock is no stranger to promotion pushes and just last season he guided Queens Park Rangers in to the Premier League, but after 20 months with the club he was relieved of his duties.

Also back in 2006 as the manager of Sheffield United he guided the Blades to the Premier League for the first time in 12 years, but they were relegated the following season in controversial surroundings.

Warnock has been coaching for over three decades and has won a string of individual accolades along the way. He has stated that he feels he has one more big challenge left in him and that will be to guide Leeds United back to the Premier League.

The man he is replacing is Simon Grayson, who during his tenure secured promotion for Leeds from League One in the 09/10 season. But after a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Birmingham City, he was given his marching orders.

Neil Redfearn had been in charge of first team duties and his last action in that position was a 3-2 win over Doncaster after a 90th-minute winner from Luciano Becchio.

Will Neil Warnock be able to lead Leeds back to the Premier League?

There have been rumours of a few possible loan deals to rejuvenate the squad. Can he recreate his heroics from last season with QPR and bring back the glory days to Elland Road? Only time will tell.