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‘I will take over on the Monday’: Neil Warnock shares just how close he came to managing SWFC

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Neil Warnock has remarkably claimed that he almost became the manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

It’s rather obvious as to why this is a shocking claim, but in case you didn’t know, Warnock is a lifelong Sheffield United fan and former promotion-winning manager for the Blades.

As you can imagine, Wednesday fans don’t have all that much love for Warnock, but he apparently came close to taking the job at Hillsborough.

I nearly took over there a few years ago,” Warnock told the Yorkshire Post.

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“Milan Mandaric offered me the job on the Friday night and I said: ‘Listen, you have the weekend to think about, Milan.’

“’Ask your chief executive and one or two others about what they think about it. Get it out in the press what you are thinking and if you still want me next week, I will take over on the Monday.’

“And he said: ‘Ah yes, Neil – I see what you mean!’ In fairness to the Sheffield Star newspaper, they did a poll and I think I got sixty per cent would say they would have me.

“I thought that was good, if I am honest. I would have enjoyed it as well at that time.”

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60 per cent of Wednesday fans said they’d have had Warnock, and to be fair, he’d have done a cracking job.

Warnock has won more promotions than any other manager in English football history, and he’s shown he can get a tune out of pretty much any team at this level.

We may annoy some Owls supporters by saying it, but Warnock wouldn’t have Wednesday in the mess they’re in right now.

Of course, the past is the past and this move never came to fruition, but it would have been interesting to see how Warnock would’ve gotten on at Wednesday.

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