United’s Pontefract ace wants Warnock to carry on

Paul Green in action for Leeds United. Picture: IAN HARBER
Paul Green in action for Leeds United. Picture: IAN HARBER

Leeds United’s Pontefract-born midfielder Paul Green does not want Whites manager Neil Warnock to walk away at the end of the season.

Warnock has stated that he would not be stopping on at Elland Road beyond the end of the season if the team did not win promotion and would be ready to leave earlier when it was clear there was no chance of going up. But Green hopes he has a change of heart if United remain in the Npower Championship.

He said: “When I signed he was a big factor in my decision. His record in this league and he still has the hunger and drive.

“That’s what you want as a player, to see that passion from your manager and that was a big factor in me signing.

“You just never know. Paddy Kenny always jokes and says he was going to retire when he left Sheffield United, but the hunger in his belly and his desire, you just never know.

“I’d like him to stay on. You’d have to ask him, but for me I’d be gutted if he did leave because I do think he’s a top manager.”

Green is away from Elland Road this week after being included in the Republic Of Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Sweden in Stockholm tonight (Friday) and against Austria in Dublin on Tuesday.

He has started the last seven games for Leeds and has now clocked up 28 appearances for the club since his move from Derby County last summer.