Leeds boss Neil Warnock has urged the club's owners not to panic in their search for a new manager and wants to help them find the "main man".

Warnock is ready to step aside after Saturday's home defeat to Huddersfield left Leeds seven points adrift of the npower Championship play-offs with eight games left to play.

But the 64-year-old has told Dubai-based equity investment firm GFH Capital, who completed their £52million takeover at Elland Road in December, that he can play a leading role in finding his successor. Warnock said: "I want them to get the best manager they can get to replace me and some of them might not be available until the summer."

He added: "They're in a situation now where the club is geared for the Premier League. The new owners have come in, it was the longest takeover I've ever known, I expected that to be finalised last August, so it has been a difficult eight or nine months for me.

"But they've come in and they're going to do things steady. It's not like they've got to chop and change everything now. I think two or three additions now with a very good squad, the whole club with the fans and everything, it's just geared now.

"I know they've (fans) heard it all before, but I think there's some optimism at the club. It's a great club and I can help them as well whether I'm here or not."

Asked if he would step aside now if the right candidate be came available, Warnock added: "Goodness me yes.

"I'm not naive. If we've not got a chance of getting in the play-offs they can do two things, they can ask me to stay on if they can't get the main man, because they might not be able to get him.

"I don't want them to panic and get anybody. I've seen some of the people putting their hat in the ring and quite honestly I think the club should be patient. I've got a couple of ideas of who they should be going for if that's the case, but let's see what happens.

"I think we're quite capable of going to Ipswich and Derby and getting six points, so you never write it off."