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Can Warnock do it again and take Leeds back to the promised land?

It won't come as much of a surprise to anyone in football if Neil Warnock is overseeing Leeds United's first game back in the Premier League this time next season.

Warnock is not the most popular man in football, but he knows what it takes to be a successful manager in the Championship. Leeds United knew that when they took him on as their new manager.

His objective this season is not complicated. He is as well placed as anyone to take on a role as the man to earn Leeds promotion.

However they get there is not important. Champions, second, via the play-offs, winning ugly, anything. It has been a dramatic fall from grace from the former top flight champions and it wasn't all that many years that they had one of the best sides in Europe. Then, it all went pear shaped.

If the Leeds fans are involved in the opening weekend of the Premier League this time in 12 months, they'll be a happy bunch - and we can look forward to some old rivalries being renewed.


Warnock knows what is required and he has a team capable of achieving the mission he has been presented with.

On the evidence of this season so far, Wolves will not be among the challengers for promotion back to the top flight. 

Luciano Becchio's goal gave Leeds a winning start to the new season, but Wolves started the new campaign in familiar fashion with defeat against one of the Championship promotion favourites at Elland Road.

Becchio headed home the game's only goal in the 17th minute, after a superb cross from Ross McCormack.

But the 1-0 win flattered Wolves, who were poor and were fortunate not to suffer an even bigger defeat against a much stronger Leeds side.

Tough season ahead for Wolves

Rodolph Austin had an effort cleared off the line, while McCormack also went close to scoring for the home side.

New Wolves manager Stale Solbakken appears to be facing a tough season ahead based on this performance.

Having won their first game of the season for the past two years running, this was Wolves' first away defeat on the first day since 2004, when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Stoke City.

Wolves were relegated from the Premier League last season having managed just five wins all season and only one in their last 24 matches.

But for Leeds and Neil Warnock, the future looks bright. 

By Mark Roach

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