Way ahead for Blades

Micky Adams
Micky Adams

SHEFFIELD United’s hierarchy will let the dust settle on their relegation and then, in the next couple of days, start plotting the way forward as they prepare for life as a League One club.

The club’s directors, who have issued a public apology to their fans and acknowledged they have made mistakes, are set to look closely at what they need to do and the strategy they will implement.

It will not be, they have concluded, by “throwing money” at the situation. They are to commit themselves to a different way forward as income streams drop drastically on all fronts, not least the near £4 million loss of TV money.

The club’s expenditure will have to fall massively as well and that will mean the wage bill, one of the highest in the Championship, will be slashed.

The position of Micky Adams as manager will be raised but there appears little appetite for yet another managerial change after a season which saw four people in charge, albeit one as caretaker-manager.

Adams dearly wants to stay to begin the rebuilding process of the club he has supported all his life. He believes he can turn things round and is said to be relishing the prospect should his position be confirmed as is expected.

The club say that a “root and branch” review will be undertaken regarding all aspects of the club, both on and off the field as they prepare to build solid foundations to make a fresh start.

The three senior figures at the club, company chairman Kevin McCabe, football club chairman Chris Steer and chief executive Trevor Birch, oversaw the club statement and apology and have admitted mistakes have been made since relegation from the Premier League.

They have pointed to the heavy reliance on short term solutions and “if anything, indulging managers with too many quick fixes and short term signings.”

“It is a factor that has contributed to our demise and the over reliance and use of the loan market has had a debilitating, rather than strengthening, effect on the first team,” said Scott McCabe, director of the PLC board.

He said the McCabe family - who have funded loan commitments totally £6million in the last two seasons - will be changing that policy.

He added: “At the core of the rebuilding will be our Academy and development players, supported by our experienced players and new signings with the club’s success at heart.”