Neil Warnock defended himself against mounting criticism and insisted he retained the support of most of Leeds United’s fans after a fractious defeat to struggling Barnsley.
The Elland Road boss faced chants of ‘Warnock, time to go’ from an away crowd of almost 5,000 as tempers frayed towards the end of another humiliating result at Oakwell.
United, who suffered heavy losses at the stadium in each of the previous two seasons, were outfought by a team who started the weekend at the bottom of the Championship and claimed their first home win for more than four months.
Two second-half goals from Chris Dagnall settled a one-sided derby, casting Leeds five points adrift of the play-offs, and Warnock and his players were subjected to sustained abuse before and after the final whistle.
But the 63-year-old denied that his job might be under threat, saying: “Not at all. At this stage of my career, you’ve just got to do your best.
“If people think that other people can do better, then that’s their prerogative, but I think I’m doing a great job here if I’m honest.
“We’ve set one or two targets for the next few weeks to bring a couple of decent players in and that would make a difference. We’re quite confident that we can get those players in.”
Warnock expressed sympathy for United’s fans after describing parts of his team’s performance on Saturday as “abysmal”, but he said further signings before the end of the January transfer window would assist the club’s bid for a play-off position.
“You’re going to get disappointment when you play like we did in the first half,” Warnock said. “You can’t knock that.
“It’s up to us to regroup and give the fans something to cheer about. The first half wasn’t acceptable. You can’t blame them for venting their expressions.
“If I thought they were all against me then that would be a different proposition but most of them understand that we need strengthening.
“If we can bring in two or three players before the end of the window then it’ll change the whole focus of the last 19 games.”