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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Dug-out madness

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 January 2003 | UPDATED: 16:12 24 February 2010

JOE Royle believes Neil Warnock is suffering from a phenomenon which affects most manager's at some time another - 'dug-out madness', writes Derek Davis.

JOE Royle believes Neil Warnock is suffering from a phenomenon which affects most manager's at some time another - 'dug-out madness', writes Derek Davis.

Most notable sufferers include Graeme Souness, Sir Alex Ferguson and Barry Fry but Warnock is right up there among the most manic managers and has also angered many of his contemporaries.

But beneath it all Royle believes the Blades boss, who he faces in the FA Cup at Bramall Lane on Saturday, is a charming chap.

Royle said: “Neil has rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way over the years.

“From the early days he has never had a lot of money to spend to build teams and all his sides have been combative and well organised.

“He has done well wherever he has gone - Scarborough, Notts County, Plymouth and now Sheffield - so you have to respect the man's record. But equally he admits he doesn't have too many managers in his office for a glass of wine after a game.

“I have had my fall-outs with Neil over the years as well but I think it is dug-out madness and I know he doesn't mind people not liking him on the Saturday. He can actually be quite charming off the pitch.

“You can't argue with Sheffield's results and performances. They are playing good progressive football, he is trying to win games and he is still not spending money - so fair play to him.”

Sheffield United have taken defender Richard Edghill on a non-contract basis for a month after the player proved himself in a recent two-week trial at Bramall Lane.

The 28-year-old, who made 180 appearances during a 10-year spell with Manchester City, was recently released by Wigan.

Edghill could now figure in United's fourth-round tie against Ipswich, although Warnock said: “He's not quite fully fit but may be an important player to have around at this moment in time with so many injuries developing.

“He can play a number of positions and will be good cover - we will review the situation after a month.”

Ipswich go to south Yorkshire with a clean bill of health after a relatively restful week, while United lost out after extra-time against Liverpool in the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg at Anfield.

Andy Warren gives his observations following Ipswich Town’s hard-fought 1-0 victory at Portman Road this afternoon.

Paul Lambert always felt his first win as Ipswich manager would be a scruffy one, with the Scot proud of his players after they saw out seven minutes of stoppage time to secure three points against Wigan.

It wasn’t pretty, but Freddie Sears’ deflected goal was enough to secure Ipswich Town’s first home win since April this afternoon.

Ipswich Town beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 at Portman Road this afternoon. Relive the action here.

Ipswich Town fans have been giving their reactions to today’s 1-0 win over Wigan at Portman Road...

Andy Warren looks ahead to Ipswich Town’s clash with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, we’re counting down Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever players, culminating in the Blues’ best featuring on Christmas Day.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to December 21, 2004, when Darren Bent took Ipswich to the top of the Championsip on Christmas Day, after beating Wigan 2-1 thanks to his 89th-minute winner at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

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