QPR boss Warnock won't enjoy Palace return

By Ben Kosky NEIL Warnock has hit back at Crystal Palace administrator Brendan Guilfoyle as he prepares to return to Selhurst Park for Saturday s vital relegation clash. Guilfoyle, who has been running Palace since owner Simon Jordan surprisingly put them

By Ben Kosky

NEIL Warnock has hit back at Crystal Palace administrator Brendan Guilfoyle as he prepares to return to Selhurst Park for Saturday's vital relegation clash.

Guilfoyle, who has been running Palace since owner Simon Jordan surprisingly put them into administration in January, accused Warnock of lacking 'the stomach for the fight' when the Eagles boss quit to take over at QPR.

And Warnock, who could deal the stricken south Londoners a severe blow in the battle to beat the drop this weekend, told the Times: "I won't take any pleasure in going back, if I'm honest.


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"I don't think it'll have a final bearing on either of us, but I think Palace should have been pushing for the play-offs. I still don't understand why they're in administration.

"The guy who put them into administration is no nearer getting his money, so what has he gained other than ruining an opportunity to get into the Premier League?

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"If they'd got into the Premier League he'd have more than got his money back, so it doesn't make sense, never will. But I've moved on and I've got a job to do.

"It'll be strange going back there because the Palace lads are all my lads and the fans are the best I've ever worked in front of - they were supportive from day one.

"I'm sure I'll get some stick, but that's normal most places I go, and if you ask the Palace supporters who they'd trust - Neil Warnock or the administrator - I don't think there'd be too many on the other side.

"I think he has to say things for the sake of it - he told me he'd sold the club in February, now it's April. But he was more than happy to get half a million quid for me, wasn't he?"

Palace - now managed by short-lived QPR boss Paul Hart - were ninth in the Championship and pressing for a play-off berth before they entered administration, but are now just a point above the bottom three despite their 3-1 victory over Preston on Easter Monday.

Meanwhile, the QPR manager has confirmed that teenage forward Angelo Balanta turned down a loan move to League Two side Torquay at the end of last month.

"Balanta nearly went, but it was quite a distance for him and he didn't want to go," said Warnock. "I left it up to him and he felt he'd rather be on the bench - that's all right with me.

"It would be better for some of these kids getting games and I'd like to have sent Antonio German out, if I'm honest, but I haven't got enough bodies at the moment.

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