Ian Holloway has spoken of his respect for Leeds manager Neil Warnock ahead of tonight’s clash between the two sides.
The Blackpool boss is convinced that while his opposite number’s popularity may occasionally have been called into question, his abilities as a manager have never been in doubt.
“I know he’s a winner, and he’s had more promotions than any other manager,” he said.
“I think he’s deserved a better standard at the top level, with a better shout. I thought he was excellent with his home town club and before you know it he’s no longer there.
“That’s very difficult, I’m very fortunate that my chairman doesn’t see it that way. I went up, I went down and I almost went up again and I didn’t get the sack.
“Every supporter whose team Neil has managed has grown to love him, whether they loved him or not at the start, because his teams play with passion and pride and that’s why he’s a totally and utterly top, successful manager in my book.
“I’m sure [Leeds] will be very strong, very competitive, very skill-full, very attack-minded and very hard to break down. That’s what Neil Warnock means to me. They’ll all fight and try until they die, basically, because that’s what he’s all about.”
After Saturday’s victory over recently relegated Wolves, United find themselves high on the list of early promotion favourites. Holloway, however, is happy to have his own side go under the bookies radar.
“If you listen to all the betting, we’re not in the top six again. They’re about third favourites, so let them carry that banner and let’s see what we do. What people think and what people say, they’ll either be right or wrong. We can’t prove that in one match or two matches, it takes 46.
“I know what I’m trying to do and Neil will be in his own situation. Good luck to Leeds, but just not tonight.”