So the delicious prospect of Warnock leading Blackburn to safety at the expense of QPR will not now be realised. Sadly, the opportunity of all the fun of the unfair in the Bush has been missed, Warnock perhaps recognising his limitations by opting for chasing promotion from the Championship - where he has a good track record - rather than struggling to keep a team in the Premiership, something he is not terribly good at!
And of course there is something wonderfully fitting in the old bastard taking over Bastard United. And Warnock will love the fact that he is now in charge of a club which Shafting United fans loath with a vengeance. But then Shafting United fans loath so many clubs with a vengeance don't they? And so many fans hate Leeds United!
The worry is that Warnock could now return to haunt West Ham: how much would he love it if he could deny us promotion after we - in his view - cost him his job at Shafting United by playing Tevez illegally? It's stretching it a bit to imagine Leeds overtaking us in the table, but a defeat at Elland Road may prove crucial, and a meeting in the play offs would certainly be interesting. Relations between the fans of Leeds and West Ham are not great, to put it mildly, and our record against the Tykes is nothing short of awful - as the early season draw illustrated.
Leeds will definitely go on a charge under Warnock. Love him or hate him, you have to acknowledge that his character and tactics lend themselves to a dog fight in the Championship. As I write, Leeds are a goal behind at home to Doncaster but I'm still tempted to back them to make it into the top six, and I wouldn't bet against Warnock leading them through the play offs and into the Prem.
Hopefully, we will have secured automatic promotion regardless.