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Warnock eyes promotion after accepting the Leeds job

The former QPR boss says he and club chairman Ken Bates ‘share’ the same vision of returning the club to the Premier League.

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LEEDS BOSS NEIL Warnock says he has “one big challenge left” in him after being confirmed as the new first-team manager at Elland Road.

The former Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and QPR man has agreed a contract until the end of next season and is immediately charged with getting the Yorkshire club back in the mix for promotion to the Premier League.

“I feel I have one big challenge left in me and believe Leeds is a club that should be in the Premier League,” he told the club’s website. “I want to be the man who is able to deliver this for a set of fans who never cease to amaze me with their numbers and their loyalty.

“Having met with Ken Bates it was an easy decision to take up the challenge and with his support, we share the same vision of getting Leeds United in the Premier League.”

Academy manager Neil Redfearn will remain in charge of the squad for the league clash against Doncaster Rovers before handing over the reins to Warnock.

Chairman Ken Bates commented: “We believe the appointment is arguably the most important we have made.

“The objective was to appoint a manager who had for a proven track record of getting teams promoted and in Neil we have a man whose record is second to none. We want to be in the Premier League and we will support Neil in the quest to get us there.”

Leeds are currently 11th and six points off a play-off position in the Championship having sacked Simon Grayson at the beginning of the month. Warnock himself was dismissed by QPR in January having led the club into the Premier League at the end of last season.

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