Sheffield United will look to go about their business next season with tempo and attacking flair, Lee Carsley pledged last night.
But the latest addition to David Weir’s coaching staff has warned their forward-thinking approach must also be tempered with pragmatism as the former Scotland international’s bid to build a squad capable of delivering Championship football gathers pace.
Carsley, appointed assistant manager with special responsibility for technical affairs, said: “We know the tempo that we want to play at and that means we’re going to be working hard in the week and behind the scenes.
“There’s nothing to be gained from asking players to do things they’re not good at. We want people to be working to their strengths but still trying to improve all the time.
“If you want to score goals then you’ve got to commit properly to creating chances and going forward. But you don’t want to leave yourselves open either and there are some very strong defenders here too.
“It’s all about striking a balance. Finding the right balance between the two areas of the game.”
“We’ve already spoken together about how we want things to work,” added Carsley. “How we’d like to see people play.
“But the fine details will be decided when we’ve been together a little bit longer and get to know exactly what we’ve got at our disposal.
“It’s always important to be flexible.”
United, who won the first friendly of their summer fixture schedule at Greenock Morton on Wednesday, face Cowdenbeath (tomorrow) and Raith Rovers (Wednesday) before returning to England for games against Bury, Mansfield and York City ahead of August 2nd’s League One curtain-raiser with Notts County.
New signings Febian Brandy, Stephen McGinn and Sean McGinty featured at Cappielow Park while trialists Danny Grainger, Roy Kayara and Steven Saunders also appeared.
“The boys worked hard and that was the priority for us,” Weir said after watching Chris Porter score the only goal of the contest. “There are no complaints from me.
“The application was right from the lads and that’s difficult when you know you are only getting 45 minutes. We passed the ball well and although it was a little slower in the second half, that was always going to be the case with a few trialists joining us.”
Carsley, who played with Weir at Everton, joins Adam Owen on a two man panel Weir believes will enable United to cope with the demands of another gruelling campaign following chief executive Julian Winter’s insistence the club must become a “sustainable business” in response to May’s play-off semi-final defeat by Yeovil Town.
“David is someone who always went about his work with the utmost dedication and professionalism,” Carsley said. “He’ll bring the same qualities to management that he displayed as a player.
“Looking at the career he had, that’s clearly going to be a good thing.
“The opportunity to work with him - and at a club like Sheffield United - was impossible for me to resist.
“You’ve only got to walk around the place and look back not so long ago when we were in the top-flight to see the potential there is here.”