This morning news broke that left-back Stephen Warnock signed for Derby County from Leeds United on an undisclosed fee. While recent reports have shown that Warnock wasn't offered a new contract at Elland Road, many at the club are sad to the Englishman take his career elsewhere.
In what characteristically defines the age of social media, media members, players, and fans sent out messages on Twitter regarding the move. They ranged from emotions of sorrow, to expressions of gratitude, to dismay at Cellino for allowing such a transfer to go down. Below are a few of the gut reactions that were posted.
Best wishes to @StephenWarnock3 on his new chapter in his career.. True professional.. Thanks for everything mate.. #topman— Liam Cooper (@LiamCooper__) January 15, 2015
Thanks @StephenWarnock3 for putting in a shift this season. Going to miss those lung bursting runs down the flanks. #MOT #LUFC— RightintheGaryKellys (@RITGK) January 15, 2015
#lufc NR says "Stephen Warnock has been a good servant. " Reluctant to say anymore on his leaving.— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) January 15, 2015
Gutted to see the TRUE captain leader legend leave #stephenwarnock #legend— DanWilko14 (@DanWilko14) January 15, 2015
Good luck @StephenWarnock3 if we had 11 players on the pitch with the same attitude that you had we wouldn't be in a relegation battle #MOT— Simon Brailey (@silufc1982) January 15, 2015
Anger at Cellino
Good luck @StephenWarnock3 at #dcfc great performer this season and a top pro. Shame our owner is a complete wanker— carl smith (@carlsmith_88) January 15, 2015
I still don't know how people are defending cellino. Especially after the Warnock deal— Jordan Brown (@JordanBrown91) January 15, 2015
The Man Himself
Would also like to thank everyone at @LUFC for the memories. Met some great people along the way. Best of luck for the rest of the season.— Stephen Warnock (@StephenWarnock3) January 15, 2015
While Twitter served as a sounding board for the dejected and bitter Leeds fans, the fact of the matter is the club has to move onwards and face the match against Birmingham head on. Warnock will be dearly missed, but he has moved on from his time at Leeds and others will fill the void he has left.
Charlie Taylor has filled in admirably in the past two games and he now has the opportunity to make the left-back spot his for the remainder of the campaign. Also, early talk suggests that Liam Cooper will now don the captains armband, but an official announcement still awaits.
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