No warm welcome for Brown
By Robin Slater
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Neil Warnock insists he will not welcome back Michael Brown with open arms.
Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock insists he will not roll out the red carpet for Michael Brown before the Blades face Fulham on Tuesday.
The Fulham captain will play his first game at Bramall Lane since leaving to join Tottenham more than two years ago.
Although Warnock has fond memories of Brown, and is still in touch with the player, he is determined to send him back to Craven Cottage empty handed.
He said: "I still speak to him quite a lot. I think we'll always have that relationship.
"But when he crosses the line on Tuesday night, he's playing for the opposition so I don't want us to be too nice."
Warnock is also sure the return of Brown will add extra spice to the game and ensure the fans turn out in force.
"I'm sure Michael Brown coming back will put a few more bums on seats.
"He was a team player. The season we had the great cup runs and the play-off final, he scored 20-odd goals, some great goals - in particular against Sheffield Wednesday, I remember."
Warnock fears the state of the Bramall Lane pitch could be a hindrance to the Blades and is concerned that new singing Ahmed Fathi, who will make his debut against Fulham, will not benefit from it.
"I don't there's anything we can do about it until the summer. I just hope it doesn't cost us in terms of back-passes and such things."