Neil Warnock takes the blame for Sheffield Utd’s relegation
If you type “Neil Warnock takes the blame” into Google, about 90% of the results are examples of the former Sheffield United manager passing the buck to either his players, the referee, an authority or the biased Southern media.
This week the Crystal Palace boss was again pointing the finger by claiming that he would still be a Premier League manager right now if it wasn’t for Carlos Tevez, meaning he should be entitled to compensation.
The Spoiler was certain though that at some point Warnock must have accepted that he and his team’s own shortcomings had led to their relegation and eventually we tracked down an acknowledgement of blame in his interview with BBC South Yorkshire on the final day of the 2006-07 season.
While you may require Real Player to listen, Warnock’s key comments were:
- “Everybody’s played their part this season in giving goals away and points away that we should have had in the bag.”
- “I think if each of us look at ourselves, me included, we’ve all made mistakes and at the end of the day it’s cost us by goal difference.”
- “I don’t think I could have got much more out of the group of players I’ve got.” (thus implying his team weren’t good enough to survive)
Warnock was also quoted in his own mouthpiece The Independent after a 3-0 away defeat against Chelsea on March 17 2007 – a day which Sheffield United started eleven points clear of West Ham with nine games to go – as saying:
“If we don’t get enough points to stay up it is our fault, no one else’s.”
He argues that he should still be a Premier League manager now but Chris Hutchings, Paul Ince, Joe Kinnear, Tony Adams and Paul Hart have all found jobs in the top-flight since while Warnock’s best offer came from Crystal Palace, who were sixth from bottom in the Championship.