Warnock boost for Blades

NEIL Warnock delivered a welcome 'I'm staying' boost to Sheffield United supporters on the eve of their clash with Ipswich today, writes Derek Davis.The steely determination of Warnock has been the driving force behind the Blades' wondrous couple of seasons and they are once again on the cusp of Premiership promotion.

NEIL Warnock delivered a welcome 'I'm staying' boost to Sheffield United supporters on the eve of their clash with Ipswich today, writes Derek Davis.

The steely determination of Warnock has been the driving force behind the Blades' wondrous couple of seasons and they are once again on the cusp of Premiership promotion.

But speculation that troubled Leeds United were about to try to tempt the former Plymouth boss up the M1 has caused some consternation of late.

But Warnock put all the rumours to bed and vowed to sign a new deal keeping him at Bramall Lane for possibly another three years.


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He said: "Nobody's spoken to me or the chairman Derek Dooley about the Leeds job.

"I'm staying with Sheffield United. I'm very happy here and loving every minute of it.

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"We've had preliminary discussions about my contract and hopefully it will be sorted out in the next couple of weeks.

"It'll be for two more seasons after this, but if we get into the Premiership it'll be for a third season."

United will have a familiar face in goal today with Everton's Paul Gerrard playing the penultimate game of his loan spell before returning to Goodison park.

Gerrard enjoyed a month on loan with Ipswich this time last year and was about to sign for another month before he seriously injured a knee in a freak training accident and went back to Everton.

The Blades are hoping Michael Brown passes a late fitness test this morning and if he does then Chris Armstrong will drop to the bench.

The £100,000 signing from Oldham has been struggling this week with a niggling injury but Warnock is confident he will play so it is likely that Michael Tonge will carry on in midfield and Blades will field the team which beat Burnley a fortnight ago.

Skipper Robert Page completed an hour in the reserves on Wednesday and could be on the bench, while Paul Peschisolido and Nick Montgomery both returned from international duty without any ill-effects.

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