Warnock wanted Nigel Adkins at Leeds

Neil WarnockLeeds boss Neil Warnock has confessed that he was keen for new Reading boss Nigel Adkins to succeed him at Elland Road next season.

Adkins was unveiled as the new Royals boss earlier this week, just a couple of months after being sacked as manager of Southampton. He is now faced with the task of trying to keep them in the Premier League with just eight games to go.

Warnock is trying to reach the top-flight with his Yorkshire club and has made it clear he will step down if they do not finish in the play-offs this season.

With games running out and a seven-point gap to bridge to the top six, the former QPR chief may think his time is up. He confessed to sounding out Adkins about succeeding him in the Leeds hot-seat.

“I spoke to Nigel a few weeks ago and told him what a great club Leeds are – what a great opportunity it would be for him here,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The club needs an outstanding candidate, and I think you’d put him in that category. But he’s obviously weighed everything up and decided that Reading’s the best move for him.”

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