Sheffield United: Boss Nigel Adkins wants side to ‘make a statement’

Nigel Adkins has vowed to work closely with United's U21s and U18s next season

Nigel Adkins has vowed to work closely with United's U21s and U18s next season

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Manager Nigel Adkins wants his Sheffield United side to make a statement of intent when they kick off their League One season at Gillingham in August.

But the newly-appointed Bramall Lane boss is keen to ensure his words are not taken as a sign of arrogance or disrespect, as he aims to achieve a fourth promotion from the third tier of English football.

“It goes without saying that we want to go down there on the first day of the season, and get off to a good start,” Adkins said.

“It’s a chance for us to put a marker down for the rest of the season. But, at the same time, we’ve got to be incredibly respectful of all the teams we will come up against over the course of the campaign.

“Teams will come up against Sheffield United and see it as a chance to make a statement of their own, so that is something we have to be mindful of.”

Adkins twice led Scunthorpe United, who United will host at Bramall Lane on the final day of the new season, into the Championship before repeating the feat with Southampton.

And he added: “I know from my own personal experiences being at Scunthorpe, we would always go to the bigger club and and be classed as an underdog. I know that there are a lot of hard-working, genuine football people at this level and we will give them the utmost respect.”