Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he does not expect the side to win automatic promotion this season but have a realistic chance of reaching the play offs.
Leeds kick off their championship season this weekend at Elland Road when Wolverhampton Wanderers will be the visitors in front of the live Sky TV cameras.
It will be the first time for many to see the new look Leeds United squad that has been assembled by Neil Warnock over the summer, having signed eleven players since the end of last season.
Warnock knows what it takes to win promotion out of the championship having done it twice previously at Sheffield United and more recently Queens Park Rangers.
The Leeds boss admits though that he does not think his newly assembled squad is good enough for an automatic promotion place put can be serious contenders for a play-off spot.
Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Warnock said, ‘If I put my hand on my heart, I don’t think we’re automatic promotion material.
‘That’s not me being defeatist, I’m just being realistic about the squad we’ve got. I’m telling you what I see.
‘As far as the play-offs go, I’m optimistic that we’ll have as good a chance as most clubs of getting in there.
‘You need a bit of luck to finish in the top six and you can’t always rely on luck but, first and foremost, you need the players. I’m going into the season with a lot of the players I wanted.’
Warnock is still looking for what he has called the ‘icing on the cake` signing, with a striker of winger his main targets.
His admits hands are tied at the moment and he needs to move some players on before he can strengthen the squad further.
Paul Rachubka, Paul Connolly and Ramon Nunez are all still at the club having been placed on the transfer list at the end of last season and Warnock recently added Danny Pugh and Robbie Rogers to the list in a bid to raise to money for incoming transfers.
The takeover talks are reported to be on-going after it was announced last week that the talks between the club and prospective new owners had broken down.
Warnock will be hoping that a deal for the club can be concluded in the near future, making funds available before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
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