Right-back Tony McMahon has questioned the timing of Sheffield United’s decision to sack Danny Wilson.
It was just over a week ago Wilson was relieved of his duties with United lying in fifth position in League One and the club placed Chris Morgan in charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season.
Under Wilson, United won 55 out of his 106 matches and narrowly missed out on promotion lastseason, losing on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off final.
However, Kevin McCabe, United’s owner and plc chairman, said Wilson was dimissed because of their patchy form at Bramall Lane. Including last Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Swindon Town, the club have won just twice on home soil since Boxing Day.
McMahon said the team were surprised by the board’s decision to dispense with Wilson and his assistant Frank Barlow’s services.
“Everybody was in shock over what happened,” he told The Star. “We are in a great position in the table but the timing was a shock to everyone with five games to go.
“Obviously, when somebody loses their job, it is not very nice.
“It is shame Frank and Danny are not here to finish the job that they started but we can’t dwell on it now. It has gone and we have to get on with things as players.”
It was Wilson who persuaded McMahon into joining the club on a two-year deal last summer. The defender said: “I owe Danny a lot because he brought me to the club. I have enjoyed every minute of it here.
“It’s been hard because Danny and Frank have played a massive part in what we hope to achieve this season. We owe them promotion and that’s what we are going to try and achieve.”
Despite conceding a late equaliser in the thrilling draw with Brentford in midweek, Morgan praised his side’s battling qualities as they fought back from a goal down through second-half strikes from substitute Barry Robson and Dave Kitson.
“The lads gave everything out there,” he said. “We wanted to win, that goes without saying, but there was still plenty to be positive about with the lads. They showed how they respond when their backs are against the wall, they created chances and never gave up when they went behind.
“We were disappointed we didn’t see it out but there was still so much to be proud.”