Sheffield United: Blades keep themselves ticking over

Lee Carsley  � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Lee Carsley � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Lee Carsley, the Sheffield United assistant manager, says the days of footballers enjoying a summer of excess are over, writes James Shield.

Instead Carsley, who arrived at Bramall Lane soon after David Weir’s appointment last month, revealed the demands of the modern game means players can no longer afford to indulge themselves during the close season.

“It just doesn’t happen anymore,” he said. “You can’t go away and have a blow out.

“It’s important to have a break and to be able to mentally switch off. But you still have to keep the body ticking over.”

Meanwhile, Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has revealed his attempts to sign a centre-forward before today’s friendly with United are fraught with difficulty.

“Things haven’t worked out during the discussions and I feel as if I’ve been messed around a little bit,” he said. “We put a fair offer in to the club, which was accepted, and made a fair offer to the player, but the goal posts have been moved and I’m not prepared to risk bankrupting this club for the sake of one player.”

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