LEEDS United boss Neil Warnock left Oakwell with chants of ‘time to go’ ringing in his ears after his side lost 2-0 to Barnsley in the npower Championship.
The Whites have lost 5-2, 4-1 and 2-0 on their last three visits to Barnsley – albeit two of them under Simon Grayson – and Warnock felt the wrath of 5,000 travelling fans.
He tried to placate them by bringing a laptop to his post-match press conference and showing an incident he thought should have earned Barnsley’s Stephen Dawson a red card – a foul on Ross McCormack – but did admit his men were not up to the job.
“We were very poor in the first half and if I had have been one of the 5,000 I might have said what they were,” he conceded.
“I thought we had some great chances at the start of the second half and then there was a horrendous tackle from Dawson. How that’s not a red card I don’t know.”
Warnock fought back against the crowd’s claims he should go, however, insisting he was doing the best he could. The 64-year-old is not the first United manager to accept his club cannot compete at the top level of the transfer market.
“You can’t blame the fans... they pay their money,” he said.
“But I think I’m doing a great job if I’m honest and with one or two additions that I’ve got lined up... I understand their disappointment but we know we need to strengthen.”
Warnock also issued a warning note to Leeds’ fans about the future of 19-goal striker Luciano Becchio.
His assistant, Mick Jones, last week said he expected bids to arrive for the Argentinean and Warnock said: “His head wasn’t right and that’s why the transfer window is such a nightmare for managers. I’ll be having a word with him.”
Opposite number David Flitcroft, meanwhile, was yesterday named as the Tykes’ new permanent manager after Chris Dagnall’s brace of goals sealed the Leeds win.
The 38-year-old has been caretaker since the sacking of his former mentor, Keith Hill.