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Warnock wants new deal at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock is hoping for another contract early in the new year - providing he enjoys a happy Christmas.

Warnock has just six months to run on his current deal, resulting in his future attracting considerable speculation.

There are those who believe the club are holding fire until it has been determined which division the Blades are in next season.

On present form, with United taking 10 points from their last four matches, the club are on course for safety.

A prosperous Yuletide may see Warnock rewarded sooner rather than later, according to what he has been told by plc chairman Kevin McCabe.

Speaking at today's agm, Warnock commented: 'He (McCabe) has said we will see where we are after Christmas. If we're in a good position we will have a couple of years, and then let's see where we go from there.

'But as I have said before, my contract is my ability. You could have a 10-year contract. I don't think it matters. If we continue like this then he will be in a situation where he will enjoy keeping me here.

'It's easier keeping me here than bringing in somebody else. It's not easy replacing a manager. But life will go on here without Neil Warnock, and life will go on without Kevin McCabe.

'We have to make sure that when we do leave we are THE club - I'm sure when we do leave we will be the biggest club around.'

McCabe, though, is refusing to be pressed on the matter, believing his good faith relationship with Warnock is key to the situation.

'Everybody keeps asking about the contract. Neil's happy and I'm happy. Why does everybody worry about it?' questioned McCabe.

'Neil's worked here a long time. He knows there's an element of respect and the contract will be drawn up at the appropriate time, and that is not in December 2006.

'He's had his share of criticism while he has been here, and I've had friends fall out with me because they think Neil should have gone.

'But I've recognised he is a guy with ability, determination, bags of energy and the desire to adapt to the level of football Sheffield United want to play.

'When you go through tough times you stand by your judgment, and that is what I've done, so why should Neil worry about a contract? He doesn't because he trusts me.

'He has a contract that goes on trust and faith. That might be unusual, but it's fact, and that's why he has been here for such a long time.

'Neil has the best Premiership job in football, and he knows that. Why? Because he has been here seven years and he has a great association with myself.

'So I'll address it, but I'll not be pressurised into addressing it.'

Although the club announced a loss of £7.7million to the year end June 2006, that has now appreciably been offset by promotion, and with it the television revenue.