Football: Warnock Ready to Enjoy Life in the Top Flight; Tranmere Match Analysis CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
NEIL WARNOCK is already starting to think about life among the big boys next season after Sheffield United secured promotion to the Premiership.
Leeds' 1-1 draw with Coca-Cola League champions Reading left the south Yorkshire club 11 points clear of third with only three games remaining.
United are now set to take their place back in the top flight for the first time since 1994, and Warnock admits it is a fresh challenge he cannot wait to take on.
He declared: "We would like to stay in the Premier League, that is the next best challenge. "You have got West Ham and Wigan showing everyone what can be done.
"All the teams who have gone up signed six or seven players, and we are going to be no different."
For Leeds, meanwhile, the play-offs are now their focus following a winless run of seven games.
Manager Kevin Blackwell is hoping his players will soon show a clean bill of health following a flu bug in the squad as they prepare to face the newly-promoted Blades on Tuesday.
"It has lasted for a week and a half, so we have got a problem here and we do not need that at this point in the season," he said.
Reading host Stoke tomorrow, and currently stand six points behind the record total of 105.
Watford had drawn 1-1 with Wolves on Friday to secure their postseason place, while Crystal Palace and Preston are set to be the other sides involved in the play-offs.
The Eagles drew 2-2 with Crewe on Saturday, and manager Iain Dowie said: "We should have been far more clinical in front of goal, but we are in the play-offs with three matches still to play. …