Neil Warnock will only stay at Leeds United if they clinch promotion this season.
The 64-year-old has been in charge at Elland Road since last February, having agreed a contract until the end of the 2012-13 campaign. He led the Whites to a 14th place finish in the Championship last term, and had made promotion to the Premier League his target for his second season.
A 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon leaves Leeds in tenth position, seven points off Leicester City in the final playoff spot. And with games running out, Warnock admits he has already discussed his potential successors with the club’s owners.
“Realistically we’re running out of games and (the owners) GFH know my situation, I speak to them on a regular basis,” he said. “Once we’re out of contention for the Premier League they know I won’t be having another year in the Championship. They’ve got to look after themselves really.
“We’ve spoken about my successor, about people coming in if mathematically it’s impossible to get into the playoffs. I’d like to think that I’d have an input on that because the job we’ve done over the last 12 months, the staff and I, I think is fantastic.”
Nigel Adkins, who was controversially sacked by Southampton in January, is the favourite to eventually succeed Warnock. The 48-year-old led the Saints from League One to the Premier League in successive seasons, and also won promotion twice whilst in charge of Scunthorpe United.