SHEFFIELD UNITED: How Wilson made players believe

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STEPHEN Quinn has revealed how Danny Wilson helped Sheffield United rediscover their sense of purpose and character following his appointment in May.

Twelve months ago, the South Yorkshire club’s squad were playing under their fourth manager of the season and spiralling towards relegation.

But, one year on, they travel to MK Dons tomorrow second in the League One table and potentially 90 minutes away from returning to the Championship at the first attempt.

Quinn, who acknowledged “there is still plenty of work to do” before promotion is assured, insisted the trust Wilson places in his players has been responsible for the dramatic transformation in results.

“He’s given us consistency and believes in us,” said Quinn. “He came in and told us that we were good players so go out there and play.

“The manager is very tactically astute and makes sure we’re briefed on things.

“But he lets us express ourselves and doesn’t go in for rigid frameworks.”

With three matches of the season remaining, United know victory will guarantee a top-two finish if Carlisle also beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Quinn, who enjoyed a spell on loan at MK Dons earlier in his career, said: “Frank Barlow (assistant manager) deserves a lot of credit too because he tells us to go out there and do what we think is right.

“Even if it doesn’t come off first time around, he says keep on doing it.”

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