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Football: If 'cheat' Warnock escapes, call him Houdini SAYS STAN TERNENT; LEAGUE DIVISION 1, 2 AND 3.


STAN TERNENT has branded Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock a cheat ahead of today's match at Bramall Lane.

Burnley manager Ternent was furious after the corresponding fixture last season, when he accused Warnock of listening in on his half-time team-talk.

The two became sworn enemies after Warnock allegedly sent an apprentice to stand outside Burnley's dressing-room door and to report back on Ternent's tactics.

And Ternent is in no doubt that the underfire Blades manager was up to more dirty tricks during last Saturday's clash with West Brom, which had to be abandoned because United were down to six players.

Ternent fumed: "I don't like Neil Warnock and I think he dislikes me. But the reason I dislike him more is because he cheated.

"It's well-documented what happened last year, but what goes around comes around.

"He claimed he has been treated like Osama Bin Laden after last week. If he gets off with what happened, perhaps they will rename him Harry Houdini."

Ternent reckons common sense prevailed in handing West Brom, Burnley's play-off rivals, all three points because they were leading 3-0 after 82 minutes.

And he hopes that the buzz around Turf Moor after Paul Gasgoigne arrived this week will inspire his own team today.

He said: "What happens to Sheffield United after last week is no concern of mine. But when the ball moves today, we have to be up for it. They certainly will be.

"It will be an even harder game for us after what happened, but we must be doing something right because we are challenging at the right end of the table. Our squad is capable of winning important matches like this."

Ternent did make some concession to Warnock, who followed him into the manager's seat at Bury, by saying: "Sheffield United are a good side. It will be a difficult match for us."

Warnock replied to Ternent more in sorrow than in anger. He said: "Stan and I go back a long way and I can't help what other people say. But it is easy to have a go at people when they are down. I could have done without this.

"I think what he accused us of last year has been well-documented. We held an internal investigation. It was just a physio walking through a corridor that everyone uses before, during and after matches.

"We will be walking through the same corridor this time and we are happy that we did nothing wrong at the time."

United may be yet punished by the Football Association for failing to control their players.

But they and Warnock regained some credibility on Tuesday when they beat Millwall 3-2 and picked up just one booking, for dissent.

Georges Santos, sent off for a two-footed tackle thirty seconds after coming off the bench against West Brom, has denied claims that he sparked the Battle of Bramall Lane.

The Frenchman has been told he will not play for United again but he said: "I know it looked bad on television but there was nothing in my mind other than going for the ball cleanly."


READY FOR THE OFF: Neil Warnock and his Sheffield United players can expect another fiery clash against Burnley; TERNENT has no time for Warnock
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2002
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