Why Bolton Wanderers Should Appoint Neil Warnock

Warnock, seen here after yet another win - Stu Forster

The ONLY man to replace Dougie Freedman is Sheffield's finest football manager

Yes, you read that right.

I believe that Bolton Wanderers, should they sack current manager Dougie Freedman, can look no further for a replacement than former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock, who has been out of work since leaving Leeds United in April 2013, having previously led unfancied Queen's Park Rangers to the Premiership in 2011.

Spending the majority of career in and around the Second Division (known today as The Championship), Warnock has a virtually unmatched CV in terms of getting the most out of average teams.

Beginning with his time at Scarborough, Warnock won the Football Conference title in 1987, before moving to Notts County in 1989. There he really began to make his name, earning successive promotions to reach the First Division (now Premier League) for the 1991-92 season. Impressive given that Notts County had done nowt for ages before Warnock arrived at the club.

Along the way, Warnock turned down lucrative offers to manage Chelsea and Sunderland in order to stay at County. He left the club after they suffered relegation from the Premier League after their debut season in the competition. Clearly, he's a man who knows how to mould a side, and to get the most from what he finds at a club.

Before joining Huddersfield in 1993, he had a short spell at Torquay United where he inspired them from a seemingly impossible situation to reach eventual survival in the Fourth Division, adding more success to his already impressive CV.

Warnock again won promotion with his new side, and again this was via the Play Offs as Huddersfield defeated Brentford in the Final at Wembley. Experience of this knockout games, where what matters is tactics and performances in a pressurised situation, would go a long way towards helping out a struggling Bolton side where every single game counts.

Despite this success, he soon moved on again, this time to Plymouth Argyle, where he again showed his ability by taking the club to fourth place and again eventual Play Off success.

Following disappointing spells in charge of Oldham Athletic and Bury, Warnock was appointed as manager of Sheffield United in 1999. There, operating on a shoe-string budget - similar to that experienced by Dougie Freedman at Bolton - he soon tasted success, taking the club to the semi-finals of the League Cup and FA Cup, only to lose to Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, as well as the First Division play-off final, with his side beaten 3-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

This was the first time in his management career that he had lost a Play-Off final. I know that I'd rather have a lucky manager than a good one.

In 2005 Warnock and Sheffield United were promoted back to the Premier League, though their stay only lasted a single season thanks to the cheating of West Ham United with the Carlos Tevez affair. Despite their struggles, his Sheffield United side had performed well across the season thanks to some astute signings from Warnock.

However, he would leave the club following relegation and was soon invited to take over at Crystal Palace, who at the time suffered from years of financial mismanagement.

Under Warnock, Palace made a massive turn-around, moving from relegation battlers to promotion contenders in the space of six months, with Warnock's use of youngsters a major factor in the improved performances and results. Palace made the play-offs in the end, but were beaten at the semi-final stage by Bristol City.

Bolton Wanderers currently have a crop of promising youngsters, who would benefit from Warnock's no-nonsense style of management. He has shown throughout his career that he is not afraid of blooding young players, unlike the current manager who despite talking a good game, regarding the kids, is afraid of standing by his own words.

Warnock moved to QPR in March 2010, and helped the club comfortably avoid relegation before romping to the league title the following season, topping the table for the majority of the year. He was, in the eyes of many, unfairly sacked by new owner Tony Fernandes the following season with QPR still outside the relegation zone. Such was the catastrophic effect on the club's fortunes that they suffered a relegation from which they are arguably still suffering today.

His time at Leeds was again hampered by financial troubles, but such was his standing in the game that the Bahrain takeover of the club was dependent on Warnock staying at the club.

All this shows to me that Neil Warnock is a man who knows how to win, how to succeed, and most importantly has experience of the sort of situation that Bolton Wanderers find themselves in.

Granted, he's had his battles with players, officials and the media in the past - but this shows that he's a man who is prepared to win at all costs. I believe we have a manager who can talk the talk, but can't walk the walk. We need someone tough and someone who has both the ability and experience to come in, take the admittedly-talented Bolton Wanderers squad by the scruff of the neck, and save our season.

He might well be a shit, but he's a winner. Oh, and he hates Gary Megson.

Phil, it's over to you.

Honours

Promotions

Career Statistics


Team

From

To

Record

P

W

D

L

Win %

Gainsborough Trinity

July 1980

January 1981

-

Burton Albion

January 1981

February 1986

-

Scarborough

1 August 1986

1 January 1989

78

30

25

23

38.46

Notts County

5 January 1989

14 January 1993

209

90

49

70

43.06

Torquay United

15 February 1993

2 June 1993

15

5

5

5

33.33

Huddersfield Town

15 July 1993

5 June 1995

108

44

34

30

40.74

Plymouth Argyle

22 June 1995

3 February 1997

88

35

24

29

39.77

Oldham Athletic

21 February 1997

7 May 1998

69

27

22

20

39.13

Bury

2 June 1998

2 December 1999

77

29

29

19

37.66

Sheffield United

2 December 1999

15 May 2007

388

165

100

123

42.53

Crystal Palace

11 October 2007

2 March 2010

129

47

39

43

36.43

Queens Park Rangers

2 March 2010

8 January 2012

84

33

27

24

39.29

Leeds United

18 February 2012

1 April 2013

63

23

15

25

36.51




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