Blade Warnock ruled out of Wednesday running

Blades fan Neil Warnock.

Blades fan Neil Warnock.

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Neil Warnock will not be the next manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Leeds United and Sheffield United manager spoke to Owls owner Milan Mandaric last night and both parties agreed Warnock’s strong links with his boyhood club Blades would cause too many problems at Hillsborough.

Mandaric had wanted the 65-year-old to take over from Dave Jones, sacked on Sunday after just one win in 17 games.

But Warnock this morning revealed he would not be going to Hillsborough.

“I did speak to Milan Mandaric last night and I think we both realised then that it wasn’t going to be,” Warnock said.

“When Milan phoned me originally, I did tell him it would be pretty much impossible to manage Sheffield Wednesday when I’m a Blade, but he asked me to have time to think about it.

“No disrespect to the other candidates, but he wanted me to try and keep them up. He has tried to bring me in as his manager about four times over the last 20 years so I have got a lot of respect for him.

“I have been really pleased about the number of people in Sheffield - Sheffield Wednesday fans as well - that wanted me. But I think it’s time to put myself to bed.

“I spoke to Milan last night and we both realised that it wasn’t the right time. I don’t think it was going to benefit anybody by dragging it on.”

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