It’s smiles better now, says Lane ace

Yeovil Town Vs Sheffield United 'Npower League Division one''Utd's Stephen Quinn salutes the fans at the end
Yeovil Town Vs Sheffield United 'Npower League Division one''Utd's Stephen Quinn salutes the fans at the end

Wilson helps happy Blades forget last year’s ‘shambles’

STEPHEN Quinn last night insisted that Danny Wilson has restored his faith in football following a “shambolic” season at Bramall Lane.

The United midfielder, who was targeted by Blackpool on transfer deadline day, admitted that he had stopped enjoying his football en route to relegation from the Championship in May.

But despite Wilson’s arrival provoking a hostile reaction among a section of the club’s support, Quinn revealed that his pointment was immediately welcomed by a squad which had seen four managers come and go during the previous 12 months.

“The gaffer has brought certainty, consistency and instilled a winning mentality,” Quinn, who also expressed concerns about the tactics employed by some of Wilson’s predecessors, said.

“To be honest, he’s been a breath of fresh air.

“Having so many people come and go wasn’t easy. In fact, it was shambles.

“But the gaffer has brought a real calmness to the place now.

“He’s bright, straightforward and his staff are the same.

“I think that’s been showing in results.”

United enter today’s game with Bury third in the table and still unbeaten in League One competition this term.

Quinn, who worked with Wilson during a loan spell at MK Dons earlier in his career, has been one of the driving forces behind that run and revealed: “He’s right up there with the best managers I’ve ever worked with.

“It’s true I wasn’t enjoying things so much not so long ago because, playing in my position, there were times when the ball just kept going over my head.

“But now we’re being encouraged to play and express ourselves; not to worry if we do something wrong, just to try and make sure we do it right next time.

“That’s what you work hard to be a footballer for.

“Of course you want to enjoy yourself and have a smile on your face.

“What’s happening now it that we’re being encouraged to express ourselves and play with a smile on our faces.

“It’s not rocket science and he asks you to do things you’re good at rather than worry about the things you’re not.

“That goes for training too.

“I’m in a good place right now.

“But I’m not taking anything for granted because I know that, not so long ago, I wasn’t exactly a favourite with the fans and some of them would have probably been happy to see me leave.

“I know that things can quickly change.”

Although United parted company with strikers Jordan Slew and Daniel Bogdanovic earlier this week, Wilson expressed delight that Quinn remained at his disposal.

“I’m pleased everything is done and dusted,” said Quinn. “I’m happy to be here still.”