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Warnock says Wolves deserve their success and praises Santo amidst complaints from Championship clubs over Mendes link

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Neil Warnock says he has no problem with Championship leaders Wolves and their transfer approach despite a number of rivals making complaints.

Wolves have made the headlines this week after a number of Championship clubs called for an inquiry into their transfer business.

The Midlands club use world-famous agent Jorge Mendes to conduct much of their business and clubs including Leeds United, Derby County and Aston Villa have all taken umbrage, resulting in a Football League meeting.

However, Wolves’ nearest promotion challengers, Cardiff City, have absolutely no problem with the money spent or the way in which players have arrived at Molineux this season.

In fact, Neil Warnock is pleased for the table-toppers, who he claims, deserve the break. He said: “Wolves have had it so hard for so long.

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“My first game in the Football League when I got promotion was Wolves. I remember a guy falling through the roof! The Wolves fans are unbelievable and have had to put up with so much over the last 20 years.

“All this talk of advantages – let them sign who they want. It doesn’t bother me if they sign Neymar. I think it’s great, I wish we had all contacts like they have. Let’s not start bitching about them. Good luck to them because they’ve been in the doldrums for so long.

“When they’ve been down for so long, let the fans enjoy it. Why moan about it? If I could get some of those players he’s got I’d have them.

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“Mendes has got worldwide players, it was the same when I was at QPR in the Premier League – there were names coming at me from his players. They are using it and why not? That’s football.

“If you can get an advantage, good luck to you, as long as it’s not illegal. I don’t see anything illegal in an agent helping a club.”

Wolves have raced ahead of their Championship rivals this season and they currently hold a six-point gap over Cardiff, as well as a 10-point gap over third placed Aston Villa.

That’s partly thanks to the introduction of manager Nuno Espirito Santo during the summer, who has quickly become a popular figure at Molineux.

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And he has also impressed Neil Warnock, who also has experience of spending money and doing well after securing promotion with QPR in 2011.

“It’s alright having money, but you’ve still got to spend it right. You’ve still got to get a dressing room behind you and Nuno has got good players who are fighting for him. Sometimes it’s more difficult when you’ve got money.

“I could tell you two or three clubs who have spent fortunes and I wouldn’t spend any money on their players. I think they’ve done well with the players they’ve got and the spine of the old British players has helped them on the pitch and in the dressing room.

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Despite spending around £15 million less, the Bluebirds are within touching distance of Wolves, just six points and the two teams are still yet to meet in South Wales.

And while Warnock fancies them for the title, he’s delighted to be mixing it up with a club who have the luxury of bringing in top class players.

“We’re delighted we’re not far off them at this stage of the season with what we’ve got.

“We had to shop at the other end but who’s to say Aldi is not as good as Waitrose. I like going in Aldi, they’ve got a nice bottle of whisky in there.”