Warnock standing by Chelsea criticism over Clattenburg affair, says Leeds assistant

Mick Jones has dismissed the idea of his boss looking to make peace with Roberto Di Matteo after the outspoken Yorkshireman criticised the Blues' handling of recent controversy

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock will stand by his criticism of the way Chelsea have dealt with the recent Mark Clattenburg allegations, says assistant manager Mick Jones.

Warnock hit out at the London club after they accused Clattenburg of using “inappropriate language” towardJohn Obi Mikel in the game against Manchester United last Sunday.

And, after Leeds were drawn against the Blues in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, Jones dismissed the idea that Warnock will attempt to make peace with Roberto Di Matteo ahead of the tie.

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"People think Neil says things off the hip but he doesn’t," Jones told London24. "He thinks about things a lot and he’s passionate about the Clattenburg thing.

"Believe it or not, he’s pro-referees. There is no bigger supporter of referees than Neil Warnock. He won’t regret it, he doesn’t say things off the cuff, he is a thoughtful man."

Despite the club soon welcoming the current Premier League leaders to Elland Road, Jones insists the players must concentrate on the job in hand, with a tough trip to Brighton up next in the Championship.

"The next league game is the most important thing for us in our campaign," Jones told the club’s official website. "It'll be a hard game, they are a partisan crowd, and it'll be tough, make no mistake about that, but we've got to make it difficult for them.

"They have a manager who the people of Leeds know well in Gus Poyet. In my personal opinion he is going to the top."