Could Phil Parkinson replace Neil Warnock at Leeds United?

Leeds United

Is the League Cup run with Bradford City enough for 'Parky' to deserve a shot at Elland Road or would he have to achieve promotion to earn a Championship offer this summer?

Some pockets of Leeds fans have been in critical voice of Neil Warnock in recent weeks and regardless of how the season ends you would have to believe that Warnock will be on his way out of the club at the end of the season.

In his regular column with The Independent this week he made it clear that he would leave the club should they not achieve promotion to the Premier League:

‘’I've already said if we don't get promotion I'm going to leave. I won't change that. At a time when a lot of managers are on a long contract and they cost clubs a lot of money, Leeds have got a good deal with me – my contract ends at the end of this season.’’

And even if they do manage to make up the six point deficit to the play-off places he may also decide to walk away from Elland Road. This time last year he was philosophical on his future in the management game, reflecting on the sad passing of friend Nigel Doughty:

“I read about people dying every week. Take a 53-year-old like Nigel Doughty. I spoke to Nigel on the day that he died and that shook me. I left a voice message and got one back from him. When something like that happens, you just have to stand back. I don’t want to die on the job. I want to go and see my lad play in the academy and take him fishing down in Looe. There are other things to do. I always said I wanted one more big challenge, but I don’t see it going on beyond the prime aim of promotion, I would not want to go into the Premier League with Leeds or anyone else, to be honest.”

With Leeds under new management a change of manager may make sense so prepare yourselves for a string of big names to be linked with the job.

Nigel Adkins is the most intriguing of said potential applicants and he certainly would please Leeds fans with his positive attitude and promotion record.

But another potential new boss could be Phil Parkinson. The Bradford City boss is likely to be one of the Football League’s most sought after managers this summer after bringing the fairytale to life with The Bantam’s run to the League Cup final. Forget the 5-0 mauling by Swansea and remember this is a man who masterminded the defeats of Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa on his way to the final.

The Reading legend did wonders with Colchester United in his three years at the old-Layer Road and although a disappointing spell with Hull City followed an equally uninspiring spell with Charlton Athletic.

If he can mastermind the sides progress back into the play-offs of League Two and earn promotion to League One then a move across Yorkshire may be in the pipeline for the 45-year-old.

But what Leeds United fans want him?

Is he a cup run pony or can he replicate such success with Leeds United in the league?

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