The Wonder of Warnock

Posted by on Mar 2, 2010 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

He’s quite possibly the archetypal Championship manager, so it would be remiss of us not to have a word on Neil Warnock. Rumoured for some time, Warnock’s departure from Selhurst Park has taken several weeks and multiple bouts of in-house wranglings at both Palace and QPR to come to pass. In that time, both teams’ form has suffered and they share in common the prospect of a relegation scrap from now until May.

Yet, while it’s likely that Warnock will get the best from a talented squad at Loftus Road, it doesn’t look as though it will get better any time soon down in South Norwood. Palace will receive compensation of around £500,000, which is put into perspective when you consider this sum is less than what they paid Ipswich for Alan Lee a couple of seasons ago. This will go towards paying off an ‘unforeseen’ debt relating to their Selhurst Park tenancy. The money saved on Warnock’s wages, the third-highest of the league’s managers at £15,000 a week, is piddling in relation to the effects his departure will have. It also seems as though Palace will need to go further and loan-to-sell a player or two: to start, Neil Danns might be on his way to Swansea as a replacement for the desperately unfortunate Ferrie Bodde.

Controversy’s unlikely twin Paul Hart has been strongly linked to the Eagles vacancy on Palace messageboard BBS. With stints at Portsmouth and QPR under his belt, Hart might be better placed to handle the pressure than most, but it remains to be seen whether he is well qualified to lead a club out of such a predicament. Palace fans consoled themselves when they went into administration, citing Warnock as the man they’d most likely want in a relegation dog-fight; I’m not sure that the same could be said of Hart.

is co-editor of The Two Unfortunates. He's 31, supports Plymouth Argyle and takes a particular interest in the fortunes of those Football League clubs west of Bristol. He tweets @lloydlangman.


  1. Ben
    March 3, 2010

    Can't stand Warnock, but his players usually seem to love him and I think he'll do well with what remains a pretty talented squad (despite us nicking off with Routledge and Hall). Palace on the other hand are in big trouble – even bigger trouble if Ambrose stops scoring. I'm not entirely sure how Paul Hart keeps getting employment, to be honest.

  2. Lanterne Rouge
    March 3, 2010

    Warnock will probably do well if given the time…which is a big if. Warnock's up and at 'em style might not suit some of the fancier dans amongst the Rangers playing staff. I would also love to see Simon Jordan issue a writ in a press conference as he did with Iain Dowie.

  3. Lloyd
    March 3, 2010

    Colin was about the third manager of my Argyle-supporting life, so I've always had a soft spot. He may be a bit reactive and abraisive, but I don't think he's a bad person. In this division, he's a Midas.

  4. Nick P
    March 3, 2010

    Paul Hart's got a proven track record of working with and galvanising young players, and I'd expect him to keep Palace's nose above water.

    Problems arise when he moves beyond the remit of a first team coach and starts signing players – shouldn't be an issue at Selhurst!

  5. scarf
    March 4, 2010

    Paul Hart is a good coach; Neil Warnock is a good manager – the two are quite different and, in this situation, it's the latter you want to get short-term results, even if the former will develop your club more in the long run. Warnock has done reasonably well wherever he's been, whereas Hart has largely failed, bar a promising season or two at Forest about 10 years ago. He didn't get sacked as Rushden manager a few years ago for being good, put it that way!

    I expect QPR to stay up quite comfortably, and I expect Crystal Palace to go down.


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