Sheffield United: Danny keeps a ‘weather eye’ on schedule

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has urged Football League officials to consider extending the season if more games fall victim to the weather, writes James Shield.

Wilson, whose side must play nine matches in 30 days between now and the end of the campaign, insisted the move would ensure League One’s promotion and relegation battles retain a degree of integrity should further fixtures be postponed.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to fifth placed Tranmere Rovers, Wilson said: “Fairness doesn’t come into it. You’d like to think there would be an element of that when the games are stacking-up but you don’t know what people in offices think about things.

“The problem is the league will talk about the play-offs being set in stone and they are. The absolute end (of the season) could be the Tuesday after, you could push the semi-final dates back but even that would be very difficult.”

As The Star reported on Tuesday, the governing body presently have no plans to revise the division’s scheduling.

Wilson reminded United, sixth in the table after the postponement of last weekend’s meeting with Brentford, are not the only club facing “this situation.” But he praised Crawley Town for agreeing to alter the date of their outing at Bramall Lane to prevent United from having to play four games in nine days.

They now ahead to South Yorkshire on April 9 with Uwe Rosler’s charges filling the vacated April 16 slot.

“We have to thank Crawley because if they hadn’t done that then there would have been a real issue,” Wilson said. “I didn’t speak to (manager) Richie Barker because the Football League did all of that.

“We did give them plenty of notice but they still had to say ‘yes.’ Mind you, I’ll still only buy Richie a drink if we win.”

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