Neil Warnock plans to repeat his call for telling investment in the squad at Leeds United when chairman Ken Bates flies into England in the wake of a 2-0 defeat to Watford.
United’s manager said Saturday’s loss at Elland Road was fresh evidence of deficiencies within his camp, and he will outline his requirements for next season in the days ahead with Bates due to attend the clash with Derby County on Easter Monday.
Leeds’ loss to Watford was a potentially fatal blow to their slim chances of creeping into the Championship play-offs and Warnock pulled no punches as he assessed a ninth home defeat of the season.
Two Chris Iwelumo goals earned Watford their victory and obliterated the optimism generated by Leeds’ 1-0 win at Millwall seven days earlier.
Warnock is a veteran of seven promotions as a manager, including a title-winning Championship term with Queens Park Rangers in 2010-11, and he called once again for a summer of decisive business at Elland Road ahead of what he hopes will be a more convincing push for the Premier League next term.
Warnock said: “We’ll have to invest. The chairman knows what I’m looking at and what I think.
“I’ll be talking to him about it when he comes over. The job requires major surgery in all departments. That’s what we’ve got to try and do over the next couple of months.
“We have to invest now in a number of players, without going silly. We have to get the right type of players too. I don’t want to be stood on the touchline watching a performance like that again.
“I’m desperate to get promoted next year so I’ve got to hopefully get the right support from the chairman and face the challenge as it comes.”
Leeds lie six points adrift of the Championship’s play-off positions with six games to go, beginning with a trip to second-placed Reading this Friday.
An honest Warnock said: “I think we’re miles away.”