So now former Leeds boss Simon Grayson has been sacked by Huddersfield Town. It's getting a bit like an Agatha Christie novel, with the managers of the Championship being bumped off one by one. So far, Bristol City, Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield, Crystal Palace, Blackpool, Blackburn (twice), Bolton, Wolves and Ipswich have dethroned their managers, but still Warnock clings on, supported by the Puppet Master Bates.
What does Warnock know that stops Leeds from sacking him one wonders? What deal has been done? Who really is in control of the once mighty Whites?
Before Christmas, all the talk was of the great takeover and how Leeds would emerge like a cabbage white butterfly from the Master Bates chrysalis era. But there's no sign of a butterfly, just the same old caterpillar, crawling around in the undergrowth, still dreaming of one day flying. But when? What has changed?
Nothing. Nothing's changed. And it's looking increasingly as if nothing will change. The playoff places are there for the taking as the bell sounds for the final lap of the season, and Leeds are in the chasing pack, not perfectly positioned to put in a final spurt but not hopelessly positioned either. But the owners don't seem to care, far from strengthening, they look likely to let the club's leading scorer depart.
It's crazy. It doesn't even make business sense, never mind football sense, but GFH Capital don't seem to have the money nor the inclination to fund a genuine push for the Prem.
So Warnock is sitting pretty, under no weight of expectation except from the long suffering fans. No wonder he didn't leave for Forest in the summer; he would have been expected to achieve there and so would probably be out of work by now!