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Leeds Utd. Names Neil Warnock as Manager Through Next Season

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Leeds United hired Neil Warnock as manager to replace the fired Simon Grayson, the club said in a statement on its website.

Warnock, 63, signed a contract until the end of next season. Grayson was fired Feb. 1 after three seasons in charge. Leeds is 10th in the 24-team second-tier Championship after today’s 3-2 win over Donacster Rovers, three points out of a playoff spot and 11 points behind league leader Southampton.

“We believe the appointment is arguably the most important we have made,” Leeds Chairman Ken Bates said. “The objective was to appoint a manager who has a proven track record of getting teams promoted and in Neil we have a man whose record is second to none.”

Warnock returns to the Championship, where he led Queens Park Rangers to the title last season and promotion to the Premier League. He was fired by QPR on Jan. 8 after an eight-match winless run which saw the team drop to 17th place, one above the three relegation places.

“I feel I have one big challenge left in me and believe Leeds is a club that should be in the Premier League,” Warnock said. “I want to be the man who is able to deliver this for a set of fans who never cease to amaze me with their numbers and their loyalty.”

Interim manager Neil Redfearn led Leeds in today’s victory over Doncaster. He’ll return to his role at the club’s academy next week, Leeds said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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