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Neil Warnock parts company with Leeds United

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Warnock stepped down after Leeds' 2-1 home defeat to Derby. (©GettyImages)
Warnock stepped down after Leeds' 2-1 home defeat to Derby. (©GettyImages).

Leeds United have announced that Neil Warnock has left his managerial position at Elland Road. 

Warnock had been at the helm for 14 months before he decided to leave on Monday.

Upon his appointment in February 2012, Warnock said: "I have one big challenge left in me and Leeds is a big club that deserves to be in the Premier League."

Things haven't gone to plan, however, and Warnock left his position following a 2-1 home defeat to Derby County on 1 April.

The ex-QPR manager had previously said that he would leave Elland Road if the club failed to win promotion back to the Premier League, and with Leeds only five points clear of the relegation zone, it seems the Yorkshire outfit are destined for another season in England's second tier.

Leeds still have six games left to pull away from the relegation fight, and due to the tight nature of the division, a play-off spot is not completely out the question. But that would require Leeds to go on title-winning form for the remainder of the season, and Warnock clearly doesn't think that he is the man to lead the club forward.

Leeds executive Shaun Harvey issued this statement following Warnock's departure: "We need to look to the future and the search for his replacement is underway. 

"There is no fixed timescale as securing the services of the right person is the primary objective to give us the best chance of promotion next season.

"We would like to thank Neil for his efforts during his time as our manager and share his disappointment that we could not achieve promotion," added Harvey.

"We would also like to thank Mick Jones and Ronnie Jepson, who will leave the club with Neil, for all their hard work."

In the press-conference following the defeat against Derby County, Warnock said: "I've been a manager for 33 years and these last 12 months have been the hardest of my career.

"I have given it my best shot but being honest, we haven't been good enough in the final third all season."

 

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