Love him or hate him, you have to hand it to Warnock, he is a wily old sod. With the season about to kick off, Warnock has down played expectations of automatic promotion - why up the ante unnecessarily? - whilst setting a taget of making the playoffs and warning opposition teams that they will have to be "really good" to beat Bastard United.
It sounds to me as if Warnock is pretty confident of storming the division. Despite Master Bates keeping a tight hold of the purse strings, Warnock's wheeler dealing means that he is starting the season with "a lot of the players" he "wanted". He rightly talks of "genuine players" rather than brilliant players and that, at the end of the day, may be Leeds' undoing. Compare the squad with the QPR team he guided to to the Championship title two seasons back and you have to say that there is no Taarabt, no Faurlin and no Buzsaky, although the Hungarian is available on a free.
Are Leeds good enough? I reckon Warnock thinks so despite his attempts to dampen expectations. The way he is playing it, everybody will slap his back if Leeds finish in sixth and if they finish top, they will erect a statue to him outside Elland Road, leaning forward, gob wide open, finger pointing accusingly. Clever old bastard.