Sheffield United: Blades prefer best of British

12th September 2007.'Pictured Bradford City manager Stuart McCall'PICTURE GERARD BINKS
12th September 2007.'Pictured Bradford City manager Stuart McCall'PICTURE GERARD BINKS

SHEFFIELD United have resolved to focus their search for a new manager on candidates with experience of the English game despite receiving several applications from coaches based abroad.

The Star understands that United, who will hold another round of interviews with those vying to replace Danny Wilson later today, would prefer to appoint someone with an understanding of lower league football and youth development after acknowledging budgets must be cut after failing to achieve promotion last term.

Stuart McCall has impressed at Motherwell

Stuart McCall has impressed at Motherwell

Motherwell’s Stuart McCall, Karl Robinson of MK Dons and the FA’s former head of elite development Gareth Southgate are believed to feature on a provisional short-list which also includes Chris Morgan.

Crawley Town have also told Richie Barker they will not stand in his way should the opportunity to take charge of a more prestigious club materialise.

United, who have yet to approach Fir Park for permission to meet with McCall, recently confirmed they will delay publishing their ‘retained and released’ list until after the selection process is completed.

However, several members of Wilson’s backroom staff are believed to have parted company with Bramall Lane as the ground is prepared for a new arrival.

United hope to unveil Wilson’s successor shortly.