England's Best; Unstoppable United Show the Wonder of Warnock
Byline: DUNCAN CASTLES
WHILE Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren all seem keen to catch the eye of the FA, probably the most inspired native contender of all for the post of England manager is being roundly ignored.
If a large dash of English passion is to be the antidote to Scandinavian supercool, then add Neil Warnock's name to the list of those who could serve their country.
A 20-season c.v. that bears the names of Bury, Oldham, Plymouth, Huddersfield, Notts County and Scarborough may not be quite what the FA have in mind for their No 1, but which English boss is blessed with truly top-level experience?
Warnock's team are striding away at the top of the Championship, moving five points clear last night with what became a ludicrously comfortable defeat of Millwall.
The United boss had the guts to rest his two leading scorers, Neil Shipperley and Steve Kabba, and was rewarded with three goals from excellent replacements Vincent Pericard and Danny Webber.
In contrast, Millwall lost Barry Hayles and Carl Asaba to suspension and injury respectively. Short of options, Colin Lee used 21-yearold Ben May as the angel on his Christmas Tree formation that confused United early on but had no answer once behind.
'We were unbeaten in seven games and we've lost a football match against the best team in the League, so we shouldn't take it too badly,' said Lee.
'If we could put Webber up front, we'd have a better team. Those players cost [pounds sterling]500,000.
We haven't got 5p at the moment.' Millwall might have had a goal when Paddy Kenny fumbled their first cross, or when Alan Dunne headed into the keeper's arms.
Phil Ifil tricked his way into good position on the other flank, but the on-loan Spurs full back stubbed his shot straight to the goalkeeper.
Struggling to make any impression, the League leaders' sense of wellbeing was not helped when Robert Kolzuk pulled a hamstring and their frustration was evident as David Unsworth saw yellow when outpaced by Dunne. …