Warnock: I deserve a medal – not abuse from Leeds United fans

MANAGER Neil Warnock hit back at the boo-boys after Leeds United exited the FA Cup following a 4-0 fifth-round defeat at Manchester City.

City rarely had to leave second gear to beat their lacklustre Championship opponents 4-0, with Sergio Aguero’s double complemented by goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.

Warnock is coming under increasing pressure from the fans to quit having failed to mastermind a promotion challenge, and cries of ‘Warnock – time to go’ were the printable catcalls aimed at him from the away end.

His contract is up at the end of the season and he has told owners GFH Capital he will not be staying on next season, while he claimed he would leave earlier if he was asked.

“I don’t deserve that (abuse) after the year I have had, but I am unlucky to have been at three clubs with three takeovers,” he said.

Warnock took over at Elland Road a year ago today and he now accepts the writing is on the wall as far as his pursuit of a record eighth promotion goes.

“It’s their prerogative (if they want to sack me), if they think it will help, I’m not against it. But with what’s gone on over the last 12 months I think I deserve a medal.”

Meanwhile, City will host Barnsley in the quarter-finals.

Draw: Oldham or Everton v Wigan, Man City v Barnsley, Man Utd or Reading v Middlesbrough or Chelsea, Millwall v Blackburn. To be played March 9 and 10.

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