Scott confident of survival

Neil Warnock has stepped down as Leeds United manager following

the 2-1 defeat by Derby County, the club have confirmed.

The deflated Warnock conceded the club now have no chance of

reaching the play-offs this season, and he insisted the time was

right for a change at the helm.

Angry chants of “Warnock, time to go” echoed around Elland Road

at the final whistle, and the club later issued a statement

confirming his departure, with development squad manager Neil

Redfearn placed in temporary charge.

The statement read: “The decision has been taken with a view to

preparing for the 2013/14 season and Neil Redfearn will be asked to

take control of first team coaching until a permanent appointment

is made.

“This may well be after the end of the season dependent on the

availability of the club’s preferred choice to become the next

manager.

“A short-list has already been prepared as Neil was always going

to leave at the end of the season in the event that we did not get

promotion.

“However, with availability of suitable candidates changing all

the time then we will adopt a flexible approach, so as to ensure

that we make the right appointment.

Chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “We would like to thank Neil

for his efforts during his time as our manager and share his

disappointment that we could not achieve promotion this season.

“We now need to look to the future and the search for his

replacement is underway, for which there is no fixed timescale as

securing the services of the right person is the primary objective,

so as to give us the best chance of promotion next season.

“We would also like to thank Mick Jones and Ronnie Jepson, who

will leave the club with Neil, for all their hard work since coming

to the club.”

After the defeat to Derby, Warnock said: “We are not going to

get into the play-offs now so it is a good time to put somebody

else in charge until the end of the season.

“I don’t think they should rush into a permanent appointment

because there are no outstanding candidates at the moment, but

there will be in the summer.

“I have been a manager for 33 years and this last 12 months have

been the hardest. I have given it my best shot but being honest we

haven’t been good enough in the final third of the pitch.

“It would appease the fans if I go now and I will recommend

putting Neil Redfearn and Gwyn Williams (technical director) in

temporary charge until the end of the season.

“If the owners asked me to stay on for the remaining games I

would but I don’t think it will come to that and it wouldn’t

appease the fans.”

Jeff Goulding came off the bench to grab an 87th-minute winner,

in a thrilling game at the EBB stadium, after the Shots threw away

a two-goal lead.

Paul McCallum gave Aldershot a controversial lead when the

linesman confirmed he had bundled Craig Reid’s cross over the line

despite Damien Batt’s attempted clearance.

Reid doubled the lead from the spot but Scott Davis and Jon-Paul

Pittman drew Oxford level either side of Michael Raynes’ red card.

But the Shots hit back through Goulding.

“I think it’s difficult for the linesman to see, unless she is

unbelievably sure, which she said she was,” the Oxford boss

said.

“I’m a bit perplexed how she can be so clear and sure on the

decision. We lost Micheal Raynes but all we’ve done is given them

an opportunity to win the game with the free-kick.

“It’s knocked the stuffing out of everyone. The decisions that

the players were making absolutely killed us and put us on the back

foot.

“We aren’t in the position we want to be and I understand that.

We aren’t fighting for our lives though, we’ve got four games to go

and people need to assess at the end of those games.

“I know there are murmurs and rumblings but I’m not walking away

from anything.”

Jeff Goulding came off the bench to grab an 87th-minute winner,

in a thrilling game at the EBB stadium that ended 3-2, after the

Shots threw away a two-goal lead.

Paul McCallum gave Aldershot a controversial lead when the

linesman confirmed he had bundled Craig Reid’s cross over the line

despite Damien Batt’s attempted clearance.

Reid doubled the lead from the spot but Scott Davis and Jon-Paul

Pittman drew Oxford level either side of Michael Raynes’ red

card.

But the Shots hit back through Goulding to end a run of six

games without a victory for the league’s bottom club.

“We made it hard for ourselves but the way we responded was

tremendous and we deserved to win the game. We are right back in

the hunt,” said Scott.

“It gives us a real boost. This is why we turn up – it’s so

people go home happy. The crowd got right behind us and lifted

us.

“Four points over the weekend is a good return. Now we are

starting to pick up the points we deserve and we have to go to Port

Vale and put in another performance.

“We are in touch with a lot of teams now and that’s brought us

back to the pack.

“From what I’ve heard the first goal was clearly over the line

and there wasn’t much appeal from the Oxford players.”