Mark Warburton is currently, and perhaps shamefully, out of a job after it was revealed earlier this season that no matter how Brentford finished the campaign, he would be leaving.
Unsurprisingly, he has been linked with the post at Bramall Lane, considering the job he did at Griffin Park.
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Stats: - Overall: P78 W41 (53%) D15 (19%) L22 (28%)
Brentford: P78 W41 (53%) D15 (19%) L22 (28%)
He knows how to get out of League One for a start. In his first real managerial job, Warburton picked up the baton from Uwe Rosler and got Brentford promoted, finishing second to Wolves. Building on that momentum, the Bees finished in fifth place in the Championship, but were beaten in the play off semi-finals by Middlesbrough.
Warburton and Brentford earned plenty of plaudits for their attacking style of play, which got them out of the third tier originally and they remained more than competitive after gaining promotion.
Also ticking a box from a Blades point of view is Warburton’s experience in working with youth team players and his hands-on roles at the academies of Watford and Brentford, with the Redtooth Academy at United a hugely important part of the club’s set-up.
Warburton may feel that he has done enough to look higher that League One. Yes, United are well placed to earn promotion next season regardless of this upheaval, but Warburton would be well within his rights to sit tight, keep his options open and perhaps wait for the inevitable sacking of a Championship boss early next season.
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