BLADES: Bassett confirms United ‘only club’ that could tempt him back into the game

Dave Bassett
Dave Bassett

THE Blades’ legendary new football consultant has confirmed that his love for the Lane was what drove him to accept his new challenge.

Dave Bassett revealed last night that attempting to save his former club from relegation was an opportunity he wasn’t about to pass up.

Bassett, who guided United to successive promotions during a memorable seven- year stint at Bramall Lane, returns with Micky Adams’ side languishing 22nd in the Championship table.

Although the United manager has asked his “mentor” to conduct a root and branch reform of the scouting network he inherited after being appointed in December, Adams revealed Bassett will also enjoy a more hands-on role when Millwall visit South Yorkshire tomorrow.

“This is the only challenge that I would have come back into football for,” Bassett said. “I regard United as my club.”

Adams insisted Bassett’s presence can help United’s battle for survival.

The two men forged a close friendship after working together at Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.

“This was my choice and my decision,” Adams said. “I’ve been surprised by how big this place is in the sense that there aren’t enough hours in the day.

“Training isn’t an issue – that’s second nature – but when I was at Port Vale I only got three phone calls a day.”