Two and a half months since he parted company with Leeds United, Neil Warnock’s excuses continue.

This time the former Whites boss has been talking to Sports Direct News, telling them how the sale of Robert Snodgrass cost him his eighth promotion.

Snodgrass v Watford“We lost too many points in injury time and we lost Snodgrass when we shouldn’t have lost him,

“We got £3m for him and didn’t spend it. A lot of it was down to Snodgrass wanting to go so late in the window – I had to take him off the training ground so he could speak to Norwich. If he hadn’t have gone, I think we would have walked it. It’s as little a thing as that.”

Most Leeds fans agree that Snodgrass’ exit left a huge hole in the team. The Whites had no recognisable winger for much of the season, played with no width whatsoever and adopted a scrappy, hoofball strategy that soon became predictable.

While Warnock’s excuse has some validity to it, Leeds needed to strengthen on the wing before Snodgrass’ departure. Even with Robert Snodgrass in the side, Leeds still had a serious lack of options out wide, a problem that was exasperated by Neil Warnock’s decision to play Snodgrass in a free-roaming position behind the strikers.

Elsewhere. the Yorkshire Evening Post are linking Brian McDermott with a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, Kevin Doyle while all but ruling out a move for Billy Sharp – a player Leeds seem to be linked with every season.