Sheffield United: Blades told to get tough

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David Weir has given Sheffield United’s players the green light to tear a strip off each other if they feel someone is not pulling their weight, writes James Shield.

But Weir, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, has warned that even the most heated dressing room debates must be conducted in a respectful manner.

Insisting that coaching staff will always have the final say on footballing matters, he said: “Everyone has got an opinion. Everyone has got a voice and it’s only right that they are heard.

“So long as everything is said and done in the right way then we don’t have a problem with that. We want to create an environment where people can express themselves behind the scenes because that’s constructive.

“But ultimately it’s us as staff who are always going to have the final say. We are the ones who will decide what happens, don’t worry about that.”

Weir, who reiterated Shaun Miller and Diego de Girolamo are making progress in their battles to overcome serious knee injuries, hopes to have a near full strength squad at his disposal when United return to League One action at Bradford City tomorrow.

“We came through (against Colchester) without picking-up any more knocks,” he added. “So that’s a good thing.

“Hopefully the situation stays the same between now and kick-off. It’s a game everyone is looking forward to.”

Meanwhile, The Star understands that Fleetwood Town are monitoring Joe Ironside’s progress with a view to signing the United centre-forward on loan.

Ironside, aged 19, has made 17 senior appearances and was on target when the under-21’s visited Birmingham City on Monday.

Weir, whose side have taken four points from three outings in the competition so far this term, has previously admitted that he could allow some of Bramall Lane’s most promising youngsters to secure temporary moves elsewhere in a bid to accelerate their progress.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1