The honeymoon period quickly came to an end for new manager Neil Warnock as Tottenham Hotspur trainee Andros Townsend today cancelled his loan deal at Elland Road.

Townsend’s decision comes amid speculation that Birmingham City are interested in his services, and just days after Fabian Delph returned to Aston Villa with a season-ending injury leaving Warnock short on options in midfield.

In his Elland Road press conference today, Neil Warnock admitted that he was disappointed to hear of Townsend’s return to Spurs (via his agent) but added “I don’t want people who don’t want to be here so good riddance I say.”

In a strange twist, it seems Birmingham may have lured Townsend away after Neil Warnock hijacked their deal for Danny Webber. The following is from Daily Mirror journalist James Nursey who was ahead of the pack announcing Townsend’s news this morning.

 

However, Nursey has since reported that Danny Webber is back in training with Birmingham City, so his future remains unclear.

Also in today’s press conference, Warnock once again urged fans to back the team throughout the next fourteen games and prove they believe he is the man to take this club forwards, and that the supporters want him at Elland Road.

“You’re not going to get a more vociferous, nosier group of supporters […] my ambition is to fill the ground at some point”

The Leeds United Supporters Trust have since announced that planned protests ahead of the Southampton game have been cancelled in their statement on Neil Warnock’s appointment.

Finally, comments that Warnock has made about Leeds United in the past were also raised but the new manager was quick to dismiss this as nothing more than banter, adding that fans take these things “too seriously” nowadays.

  • TimPM

    He looked a good lad, but he didn’t perform that well when he came here. Forced two goals in his first match but as much to poor keeping. Again scored last match but the keeper will be disappointed with it.

    Let’s hope this gives Warnock more freedom in getting a key loan or two in?

  • number1inyorkshire

    to be fair i didn’t know what the fuss was about certainly did nothing to convince me he was better than lloyd sam or white or anyone else we have .

    Rumour has it brum have been after him so let him go “good riddance ” is the best way to sum it up .wasn’t impressed with him at all

  • Tyler75

    Not over impressed – kept running into cul-de-sacs and didn’t get his head up enough to see what was available and certainly didn’t offer enough of a goal threat (which is the same criticism Spuds fans have of him). I thought NW might come in and stamp his authority by making an example of somebody, looks like this probably suits his purpose. Would like to see Webber come; pace, experience of the Championship and has a goal threat.

  • Bubionwhite

    Colin … Jonny Howson fits in the same category as Andros Townsend, Max Gradel, Neil Kilkenny, Bradley Johnson and Jermaine Beckford … that is, they think the grass is greener on the other side of the hill and they didn’t want to be at Leeds United and asked to leave, so in the words of NW “good riddance, we only want players here who really want to play for Leeds United”, and give their all. Last season, Jonny Howson was absolutely brillant but his performances this season fell well short and it would be difficult at any time to describe him either as a natural central midfielder or leader. Jonny made his choice, as did all the others and it’s time for all of us to put them in the past, trust the new manager and get fully behind the team.

  • lufc79

    Just another pennant.

  • Chareose

    sighs………..I can see how this is probably going to go, Everyone gets behind the new manager (rightly so) protests are canceled, attendances go up (Bates has the sparkle back in his eye again) come the summer Warnock signs a host of cast off, has been, cheap and cheerful ex sheffeild united players, the fans start to grumble again, 7 months into the season (and going no where), protests start up again ……….OH HERE WE ARE AGAIN, we just wasted a year……….nevermind by the year 2025 Bates will have passed away and we might be in with a chance of promotion

  • Chareose

    sighs………..I can see how this is probably going to go, Everyone gets behind the new manager (rightly so) protests are canceled, attendances go up (Bates has the sparkle back in his eye again) come the summer Warnock signs a host of cast off, has been, cheap and cheerful ex sheffeild united players, the fans start to grumble again, 7 months into the season (and going no where), protests start up again ……….OH HERE WE ARE AGAIN, we just wasted a year……….and then the same thing happens the year after, new manager, fans get  new hope only for it to go nowhere…………on and on until so many cynical supporters have found something better to do with their lives…………………..nevermind by the year 2025 Bates will have passed away and we might be in with a chance of promotion

    • Chareose

      and…….even if we could gain promotion under Ken Bates what then ???!!!   Leeds United has the biggest potential income stream outside of Man United….. but Bates will never realise that, he doesnt have the vision, intelligence or ambition to exploit that to its fullest……. I think we all know that this Club will never really be a top 5 club with Ken Bates involved. And a top 5 Club is where Leeds belongs………….