Last Updated: Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:56
Neil Warnock has admitted that he is ready to stand down as Leeds manager and does not expect to be in charge for the next match at Charlton on Saturday.
Disgruntled Leeds fans chanted "Warnock, time to go" as central defender Jake Buxton's late header earned Derby a 2-1 win - their third successive victory - and left Warnock's men without a win in six games.
Prior to Buxton's winner, substitute Ross McCormack had put Leeds ahead with an impressive finish from the edge of the box, but Paul Coutts equalised by netting the rebound from a missed Conor Sammon penalty.
Warnock said: "We are not going to get into the play-offs now so it is a good time to put somebody else in charge until the end of the season.
"I don't think they should rush into a permanent appointment because there are no outstanding candidates at the moment, but there will be in the summer.
"I have been a manager for 33 years and this last 12 months have been the hardest. I have given it my best shot but being honest we haven't been good enough in the final third of the pitch.
"I have not resigned at this moment but I am speaking to the owners and I think a statement will be made in due course. It would appease the fans if I go now and I will recommend putting Neil Redfearn (Development Squad Manager) and Gwyn Williams (technical director) in temporary charge until the end of the season.
"If the owners asked me to stay on for the remaining games I would but I don't think it will come to that and it wouldn't appease the fans."
The beleaguered Leeds manager gave his noisy critics a significant wave at the final whistle, knowing his reign is coming to an imminent end.
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