Exclusive: Warnock would consider short-term Millwall role

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© Edmund Boyden

NEIL Warnock would consider taking the Millwall job on a short-term basis.

Warnock recently held talks with Sheffield Wednesday about taking up the Hillsborough hotseat, but felt, as a former Sheffield United manager, the move would be too divisive.

However, the 65-year-old is keen to return to the dugout after taking time off after leaving Leeds United last season – and has hinted he would be interested in joining the Lions.



Warnock is a popular candidate with fans to replace Steve Lomas, who was sacked yesterday, but is only looking for a job until the end of the season.

He told NewsAtDen:  "It is common knowledge that I'd consider helping a club out until the end of the season without anything beyond that. Nothing has changed on that front.

"I have always got some stick at Millwall and given some back as well. I enjoyed that. At least I'd be able to talk to that guy who gave me a drubbing when I got off the coach!"



Warnock also spoke to Crystal Palace about their vacant manager's position last month.

Writing in his column for The Independent, he said: "When Palace spoke to me I realised I missed the cut-and-thrust of management, the buzz of the dressing room on match-day, the day-in, day-out working with players.

"I do not miss the agents, the contracts, the transfers but a short-term deal, getting a club over the line for promotion, or saving them from relegation, did appeal."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

39 thoughts on “Exclusive: Warnock would consider short-term Millwall role

  • December 27, 2013 at 11:35
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    Happy with that hope he does take the job.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 12:27
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      Do we not want someone who wants to be long term, and not filling a gap?

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      • December 27, 2013 at 12:39
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        @munchy:

        I would prefer short term quality than an up and comer atm. The new guy is going to be hamstrung a little by the fact he'll have to work with the players we've already got as I doubt we'll bring in any players in the window. Get Warnock in now, keep us up, and then allow a new man to come in in the summer with a long term plan

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      • December 27, 2013 at 14:36
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        @munchy: well if he achieves the goal of keeping us up he may just want to stay. Should he fail we don't have to sack him and pay him off.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:39
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    At least we'd know what we'd be getting.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 12:32
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      @Adsy77777:
      If that's what you want get Holloway in. We'd be getting someone who's gone where we haven't before. Warlocks only offering more of what we've had before - on a short term basis

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      • December 27, 2013 at 13:03
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        @Lions_claw: I prefer necromancer over warlock 😉

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:39
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    The one man I keep coming back to! Yes hated but we aren't exactly loved are we? Will put this club into shape and wont allow for players earning the big money at the club to walk over him. Also a possible mentor to bomber? Be smart here Wall, and to the fans doubting this we need a man with experience and can stride on being hated and the underdog..

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    • December 27, 2013 at 12:39
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      Congratulations to our stroppy, over-paid, under-performing players!
      Some of them will think it's Christmas and Easter rolled into one after getting rid of a manager they clearly despised.
      It amazes me that while SL, JB and AA are being soundly slaughtered, the players seem to escape much censure for the disgraceful way they've behaved - and played - during the past year.
      At last season's Player Of The Year Dinner (sic) KJ pointedly thanked 'some of the players for their support' before adding that their needed to be a 'sea change in attitude on the training ground and in the dressing room'.
      Unfortunately Lomas poured oil on troubled waters by bringing in so many new recruits during the summer without, it now seems, any clear idea of how to integrate them.
      SL clearly lacked the man-management skills to sort out the moaners and groaners who KJ had warned about and who contributed to his decision to jump ship.
      So, with zero regard for the people who actually pay their wages, those players have now seen off KJ and SL and left us facing another desperate battle to avoid relegation.
      So what now? If Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald manage to rally the troops and pick up a few results there's every chance, given our financial position, they'll be handed the job on a permanent basis.
      The fact Harris is a 'real Wall legend' will get the fans on his side, but will it cut much ice with a group of players who are happy to take our money under false pretences; a group who hung SL out to dry rather than try and help him.
      Warnock and Holloway have been there and done it, but Warnock lives in Cornwall and Holloway looked thoroughly disillusioned when he quit Palace after complaining about the attitude of some of his players. If he thinks they were bad, what is he going to make of our lot!!!!

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      • December 27, 2013 at 12:46
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        @Lonz: Harris has ruled himself out of the running for it

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        • December 27, 2013 at 14:56
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: He doesn't actually rule himself out - or in!!! If they pick up a few wins over the next two or three games and the board's preferred candidate is too expensive, they could find themselves in charge until the end of the season at least

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          • December 27, 2013 at 14:59
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            @Lonz: "In the short term I am concentrating only on getting a team out there capable of getting a result at Doncaster.

            "Longer term, I'm looking forward to continuing as U21s coach and helping out with the seniors as required.

            Not exactly expressing an interest in taking it permanently!! He'd be stupid to do that!

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      • December 27, 2013 at 15:38
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        @Lonz: Lonz another good post,you highlighted the thing that worries me if the fans that do not get the manager they want,will immediatly start slagging him off,that will give the players who dont give a damn some excuse not to give their all for millwall.
        I wish that any new manager could read what you have wrote in your post as it is very much to the point and factually very true.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:43
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    Show him the money.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 12:23
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      @benzo:
      Can't see JB forking out big bucks on a temporary replacement. Warnock will need to commit a little more before that happens I think. However we NEED a championship experienced manager at all costs, won't stay afloat under Harris for all of his good intentions he's still too green by far.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:43
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    I personally think Warnock is the ideal fit until the end of the season at least - very experienced at this level, knows our club, is a very strong character and probably wouldnt cost the world! With him at the helm and Harris assisting I think we could turn the corner very swiftly!

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:44
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    why am i not surprised

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:45
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    Only on a short term basis? I think we should only employ someone who is interested in staying at the club on a long term basis

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:54
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    Let's face it the team is a mess,I reckon he'd get us out of trouble.Then we can re group and take our time with the next manager choice,some of the names been branded about so far are just to inexperienced by the sound of it this team needs some discipline I think Warnock would be the man to install proven manger at this level and would be a great move by the club.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 11:58
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    Perfect fit we need a quick turnaround and this is the man to do it. Do or die.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:07
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    A tough & experienced firefighter to keep us up and give us 5/6 months to rethink things, I could see it working. I think the players got Lomas the sack, he was like a school teacher with progressive and innovative ideas who was totally unable to implement them because he was clueless at the basics of crowd control, the tail was wagging the dog by the end. Couldn't see Warnock letting them get away with it.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:09
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    Perfect for everyone, short term no hassle.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:10
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    Consider a more likely scenario, Warnock the perfect fit for short term impact, help the team to survival, sort out the defense, the loanees situation and maybe some reinforcement in the Jan window (think Trotter and Forde will probably go). Warnock keeps Harris as his no.2 to learn the ropes then in the close season steps down or up in this case into a new Technical Director of Football type of role and helps install an infrastructure in the shambles we have now (Hartford to get the boot) and Harris to be given the manager or new Head Coach role with Fitzgerald as his assistant for start of next season. Youth players will be brought back into the fold and given a crack at the first team. Harris and Fitzgerald to build a team around home grown youth talent just like Rhino and Mclearly once did. Exciting times.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:10
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    i don't like this bloke . But he would be a good move to turn this shitstorm around , he takes no crap off anyone and will kick some arses and take some names without question proven at this level and a damn sight better than that other bloke we had lol

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    • December 27, 2013 at 12:18
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      @steveomfc5: I couldn't agree more. I find the man completely irritating but he is the right man for Millwall at this time. If he does get the job then those p*** takers who have taken the dressing room had better be afraid, very afraid.

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      • December 27, 2013 at 12:26
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        @Chipplefuddywick: agreed lol he won't have anyone taking the p*** that's for sure , we will see what happens ? apparently claridge is applying for the job today! that's the latest rumor i have heard anyway. have a look at twitter it's on there mate

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:16
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    Whether you like him or you don't, out of all the names listed, he has the experience and knowledge to steady us. I think he'll be a very good appointment short term and would be a great person for Bomber to learn something from. He's a proven manager at this level and won't take any crap from unruly players. Really hope we get him.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:19
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    Keep your hands off Millwall you grandmotherlooking clown!

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:32
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    Would be nice on a permanent

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:33
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    Would be nice on a permanent basis

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:40
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    I would imagine that Warnock, like most who seem to illicit universal dislike, is a good man to have on your side. Always hated him when he came to ours, always thought he jumped from a sinking ship with a couple of clubs......but cant see much wrong with a short term brief to keep us up. We wont have to rush into giving someone another three year deal. He is also big enough not to have to take s*** from any prima donnas in the dressing room. Can not have it with any players who did not play for the shirt even if they did not get on with the manager.....it should be more reason to stand up and be counted.
    Can not work out the clamour for Harris....must have had a big input with what has just gone on....if all that is needed is an ex Millwall name....he would not be at the front of my list.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 12:50
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    Dont have a problem with Warnock initially. Agree with most people he would kick arses, take no b*******, and the officials would be so p****d off knowing they would get stick from him we may win a few more decisions. Give him a go, I am only concerned with keeping our Championship status at the moment.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 13:57
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    That'll do me just nice

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  • December 27, 2013 at 14:03
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    Malky mackay sacked from Cardiff AA JB go get him quicksmart

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  • December 27, 2013 at 15:10
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    Now is not the best time in the footballing calendar to go hunting for a new long-term manager What so, in the interim what we need is someone to save us from relegation and if Warnock can do that then I'd say I'm in!

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  • December 27, 2013 at 15:23
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    DOES HE STILL HAVE THE CONTACTS IN FOOTBALL, LIKE HE
    DID 5 x YRS AGO..............
    [ we will have to see, said the blind - man ]

    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • December 27, 2013 at 17:50
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    Like that .. I know if he dose well , which he will .. He will say . Or malky mackay all the way

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  • December 27, 2013 at 20:46
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    Alex ferguson out of retirement he's coming to us for six months

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  • December 27, 2013 at 20:47
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    Alex ferguson coming out of retirement he's coming to us for six months

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