THEY might not enjoy the same profile as those compiled by Jose Mourinho but, according to Tony McMahon, Danny Wilson’s dossiers are essential reading at Bramall Lane.
McMahon, the Sheffield United right-back, admitted last night that he embarked on a voyage of discovery after swapping life in the Championship with Middlesbrough for the more rustic charms of League One.
But, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s visit of AFC Bournemouth, McMahon revealed Wilson’s exhaustive research will ensure he knows United’s latest opponents inside out.
“The gaffer’s preparations are second to none,” he said. “Nothing surprises me during a game.
“We all watch a video presentation in the dressing room right before kick-off that reminds us of certain important things.
“On top of that, we’re shown footage in the week about how the people we are likely to be marking will play and he (Wilson) does other little things like getting the rest of the lads to work in the same style as the team we’re going to be coming up against during drills.
“It’s excellent stuff. Really detailed. Nothing is left to chance.”
McMahon added: “I’m not into all that ipod stuff before games. I’m too old for all of that.
“I just prefer to do my own thing and get everything straight in my mind.
“To be honest, I’m 26 going on 36!”
McMahon’s experience of lower league competition was limited to cup ties against the likes of Notts County and Barrow before opting to join United during the close season.
Despite insisting Wilson’s charges have “nothing to be scared of” in the battle for promotion - “We’ve got the manager and the squad to do it” - McMahon has been impressed by both the standard and diversity of opposition encountered so far.
Eighth placed United, unbeaten since last month’s Capital One Cup defeat by Burton Albion, have mustered five points from their three outings so far while Paul Groves’ side are 15th after completing a hat-trick of draws.
“We’ve got the squad and the manager,” McMahon said. “We’ll be okay.
“Certainly, although we didn’t get the results we should have done in our last two, if we produce the same type of performances.
“Some of the lads I’ve been coming up against I don’t know much about and I mean that with no disrespect at all because I’ve seen some really good players at this level already.
“That’s why the gaffer’s preparation work is so important though.
“It’s been invaluable really.
“All the staff chip in and that’s great to see. It’s really professional stuff.”
McMahon, who admitted that United’s determination to play “the right way” was a major factor behind his decision to move south, added: “We’ve seen all sorts of different styles already.
“Some of the sides we’ve come up against like to knock it long and others prefer to keep things a bit shorter.
“We’ve got our own way of going about things and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the right way.”