Wilson prefers friendship to fear factor at Sheffield United

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has rubbished claims that he will rule by fear next season.

Instead, in a marked departure from the tactics employed by some his most recent predecessors at Bramall Lane, the former Northern Ireland international pledged to promote open governance behind the scenes as he bids to improve morale following relegation.

Wilson, whose players continue their preparations for the forthcoming League One campaign with a friendly against Maltese outfit Hibernians tonight, said: “I’m not the type of person who goes looking for problems. I want us all to get along.

“If you go looking for things that are wrong, if you are intent on finding things, then you’ll definitely unearth them, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a healthy thing to do. It just causes friction and that’s not something we should be looking to court.

“I don’t think either my staff or myself are difficult people to get along with. Why should we be?”

Wilson, who was appointed when Micky Adams failed to prevent United from sliding into the third tier of English football for the first time in over two decades earlier this year, added: “We’ve got good players here. I’ve maintained that all along.

“But of course, with what’s happened to them lately, their confidence has taken a little bit of a knock. There’s nothing to be ashamed of about that. It’s inevitable.

“Restoring that to what it was before is one of the most important things we’ve got to do. Because, like I say, I don’t think anyone can doubt the calibre or quality of the lads we’ve got here.”

Wilson returned to England before United’s 3-1 victory over Sliema Wanderers on Monday.

Assistant manager Frank Barlow is again set to take charge of this evening’s fixture in Paola.

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