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Championship managers on brink as Warnock sacked at Leeds and Pearson under fire at Leicester

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Leeds United and Leicester City were in the top eight betting wise at least for much of the season and at various stages both looked like making an impact in the title race.

But news has just come out of Elland Road (late Monday night) that Leeds manager Neil Warnock has parted company with the Championship club.

Warnock watched his team lose 2-1 to Derby after leading which leaves 12th-placed Leeds well adrift of the play-offs and just five points clear of the relegation zone. They were well beaten by Ipswich on Saturday to make it a bleak weekend with fans expecting to be in contention for at least a play-off spot.

United, who have lost three successive matches, visit Charlton on Saturday.

"We need to look to the future and the search for his replacement is underway," said Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey.

"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 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 would also like to thank [Warnock's coaching staff] Mick Jones and Ronnie Jepson, who will leave the club with Neil, for all their hard work since coming to the club."

Meanwhile, Nigel Pearson saw his Leicester side slump to a 2-0 defeat at struggling Barnsley and in truth were so poor it could have been five or six. Leicester have slumped from 2nd at Christmas to the edges of the play-offs with just one win in eleven.

Pearson's tactics have come in for criticism in recent weeks from sections of the fans and media alike and pressure is on the former Hull boss as the Foxes' season looks like imploding. He could well follow Warnock out the managerial swing doors.

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