SHEFFIELD UNITED: The man with a plan!

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson before the npower Football League One, Play Off Semi Final, First Leg at Broadhall Way, Stevenage. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 11, 2012. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson before the npower Football League One, Play Off Semi Final, First Leg at Broadhall Way, Stevenage. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 11, 2012. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

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KEVIN McCabe, the Sheffield United chairman, has paid tribute to manager Danny Wilson ahead of today’s League One play-off final.

Speaking on the eve of this afternoon’s game against Huddersfield Town, McCabe told The Star that United are now a much “better” team under the former Northern Ireland international’s tutelage than the one which spiralled out of the Championship last term.

With the South Yorkshire club potentially 90 minutes away from returning at the first attempt, McCabe said: “The football side of the club is more content.

“There’s a strategy, an acceptance of that strategy, and it’s a very rounded strategy too.

“All of the boxes, other than promotion of course, have been ticked.

“If there’s one that’s only got half a tick it’s seeing some more of the youngsters breaking through, but I know that that’s on the agenda for next season.

“There could be another four, five or even six who are ready.”

McCabe added: “Logic says that confidence would be sky high if we win.

“And if that can be maintained, with some new faces coming in and also some lads coming through from the academy, then I think there’s every chance next season could be a spanking one.

“But we know we have a very tough game first.

“Huddersfield are very tough opponents and, like ourselves, they are very ambitious.

“Our planning is not dissimilar whatever the result because it’s planning to do well in the Championship or, God forbid, League One. But the planning is ultimately the same from my perspective because it’s planning for success.”

Wilson was an unpopular choice among some of Bramall Lane’s support when he was initially unveiled as Micky Adams’ successor 12 months ago.

However, after delivering positive results in stylish fashion. Wilson has been embraced by United’s following.

McCabe said: “I believe the vast majority of our supporters would say it’s been vindicated We’ve played good football, probably the best in the division, and there’s a unity and warmth that Danny has brought.”

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