David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, wants to create a ‘no excuses’ culture at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
His admission comes ahead of today’s League One fixture against Colchester which sees the South Yorkshire club return to action for the first time since its defeat by Brentford last week.
Weir, who 72 hours ago saw influential midfielder Kevin McDonald join rivals Wolves, is masterminding a radical overhaul of the way United go about their business both on and off the pitch.
But he told The Star: “We don’t want to make excuses for anything. Yes, there is a process going on.
“But, in football, you want that to take place in a winning context. It’s still important to deliver results.”
United made a winning start to the new season when they overcame Notts County earlier this month.
Uncertainty surrounding McDonald’s future cast a shadow over events at Griffin Park but, despite expressing “disappointment” at certain aspects of his team’s performance in the capital, Weir added: “There were positives, things that pleased me down there, too.
“The character the lads showed was probably the biggest. To come out at the start of the second-half, battle so hard and generally go about everything in a much better fashion was really pleasing.
“Equally, though, having done all of that it only made it more frustrating not to have taken something from the game after getting back into it.”
Colchester travelled north last night unbeaten in the competition so far this term and Weir said: “They’re a good side with some very talented players in their team. Their record so far this season shows that.
“But we’ve also got very talented players at our disposal. And we want to make the most of that.
“We’ve prepared for a difficult game but we always have confidence too.”