Just get us out of here: McCabe demands League One expert for Sheffield United

Taxi for Adams and Birch: A week ago, Micky Adams and Trevor Birch were at Bramall Lane watching the reserves against Derby, but now neither have a future at the club.        Picture: Steve Parkin
Taxi for Adams and Birch: A week ago, Micky Adams and Trevor Birch were at Bramall Lane watching the reserves against Derby, but now neither have a future at the club. Picture: Steve Parkin
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SHEFFIELD United plc chairman Kevin McCabe has outlined the attributes he wants from the club’s next manager.

McCabe, who has invested £70 million of his own fortune into the Bramall Lane club, is seeking someone who has experience at League One level.

He also expects the successful candidate to keep bringing through United’s talented crop of youngsters and place less emphasis on expensive loan players.

McCabe, who has confirmed relegation from the Championship to League One will cost United around £12 million in revenue, wants the team to follow in the footsteps of Southampton and Brighton in the third tier by playing attractive, passing football. He believes the club can get out of the division at the first attempt by playing a different style of football.

“We will be interviewing a range of candidates over the next two weeks,” he said. “We have already had contact from quite a few. We will be judging it on experience and what experience they have got in League One.”

McCabe claims “seven to eight” candidates have already applied for the post by text and email. He has revealed former West Bromwich Albion chief Roberto Di Matteo has expressed an interest in the vacant job and has been in contact via text

McCabe said he will speak to United’s academy director John Pemberton, who is the bookmakers favourite to succeed Micky Adams at the helm, about his future.

Refusing to blame Adams or departing chief executive Trevor Birch for the club’s demise, he added: “Both Trevor and Micky gave it their best shot and are fine people. To take Sheffield United forward, it needs reshaping on and off the field. We have got to get it [the appointment] right.”

In a statement on the League Manager’s Association (LMA) website last night, Adams said: “I am a Blade and will always be a Blade so I am just sorry that my move here has not worked out. I pass on my thanks to the fans and would still like to think that they regard me as one of them. To carry the support of so many of them in pretty dark days was very much appreciated.”