Warnock offers Caley deal
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United could strike up an off-the-pitch deal with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has talked up a deal with Inverness Caledonian Thistle to facilitate an exchange of players between the clubs.
The Blades beat the Scottish Premier League outfit 3-0 on Friday in Ross Tokely's testimonial game, but Warnock does not feel the relationship has to end on the pitch.
He respects the job that his opposite number Charlie Christie is doing in Scotland, and has suggested that the teams could forge closer ties off the pitch as well.
"I spoke to Charlie and said that the best thing may be for him to have some young players up for a week and let him see them play and train," Warnock explained.
"From my point of view I think players like Ryan Gyaki or Stephen Quinn could do well by having six months or a year up here.
"The only problem is that it is very difficult to have players who you know are good enough for your team unless you see them for a couple of weeks.
"Or you could have them for three or four weeks and then realise they aren't good enough after all.
"The established players also want to play in The Premiership and not Scotland, so it is difficult in that respect, but it is something to look at."
The South Yorkshire boss was pleased with his team's display with the start of the English top flight season still weeks away and was equally impressed by the die-hard spirit of the opposition.
"I wouldn't say no to coming up here again, but it is all down to timing because the Scottish league starts this week and The Premiership won't begin until August 19 this season, which worked out well this time around," he added.
"But I have always wanted to come to Scotland so it is great to be here and I very much class Inverness in the same way as ourselves, because we are the underdogs and people write us off, but we always bounce back."