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Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United exit talk as West Brom edge closer

Norfolk-raised Rotherham boss Paul Warne is preparing for another meeting with Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The former Diss Town and Wroxham forward is preparing his relegation battling Millers for a clash with the Canaries tomorrow, buoyed by a 2-1 win at QPR in midweek, and knows they face a tough proposition.

I still know West Brom have the quality to have a few wins in a row, he said. We have to travel to Middlesbrough and they are capable of closing the gap. Yes, ourselves Leeds and Sheffield are in the best position but I dont mind what happens in their game. A win at Rotherham is the best result for us. Perhaps if this was the last game of the season we might be more interested.

I think they are probably, not the over-achievers, just the surprise package, said Warne. I dont think anyone is that surprised about Leeds, Im personally not that surprised about Sheffield United.

But Norwich, on their day, when they play the ball and are just really patient with it, if Im honest I thought they would start okay but through the November to January period when the weather changes and the games become a little uglier, I thought they might struggle with that.

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But thats pretty offensive to say that now because that hasnt been the case and the way theyve played and been set out, they average two goals a game and thats pretty impressive in any league.

Pukki, their centre-forward, is probably the outstanding player in the league at the moment, he can score goals but he works really hard out of possession of the ball and I just think theres a real balance to their team.

So I am surprised that theyre up there but not over recent months, if that makes sense. If youd have asked me in September, would I expect Norwich to be there, Id have said no but the way they are now I dont expect them to drop many points going forward.

If the lads can also turn their self-belief into a strong result against Sheffield United, the conviction they display could even take us to the Championship title and brush-off Norwichs current lead.

The Millers took the lead at Carrow Road in December but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat and heir manager, a former North Walsham High School pupil, is looking forward to another shot at upsetting his boyhood team.

With a goal return of 23 for the campaign so far, it’s Billy Sharp’s best return in a season to date in the second tier of the game, but had been rested in recent matches against Rotherham United and Brentford, but Wilder has confirmed this week that he will come back into the starting lineup for the clash against Marcelo Bielsa’s boys.

My mother and father cant come, regrettably, but I have some friends coming up and now the last games are out of the way Ill have a few text messages off a few people, so there will be a Warne collective at the ground, he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

Chris Wilder’s side make the trip to Elland Road for the game with far more than just bragging rights resting on the 90 minutes as the tight battle at the top of the Championship table does mean the winner takes an advantage in the battle for the automatic spots.

Its always a fixture we look for, all my family and friends back home in Norfolk want to see it – and they obviously want to win as well, but not as badly as I do.

Not entirely unexpected I wouldn’t have thought given the magnitude of the game but it will be a boost for many fans, especially in light of his personal goal return against them.

Leeds United were fined £200,000 after head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted to spying on Championship rivals

Why was he revealing his team before, you might ask? Perhaps because he wanted people on their toes up to this point – now he knows what we’re on the brink of.

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