FORMER Sheffield United striker Nathan Blake has launched an astonishing attack on his former club, slammed Blades fans and hopes they will be suffering the agony of relegation from The Championship soon.
On the eve of the crucial visit to Bramall Lane of high-flying Cardiff City, another of his former clubs, Blake says he has no regard at all for the Blades.
“Personally, I’ve got no love for that club and it would give me nothing but pleasure to see Cardiff be the side to all but consign them to relegation,” said Blake who joined United from Cardiff in 1994.
“I had a great goalscoring record for them. I got 34 goals in 55 league starts in near enough two years.
“But Sheffield United is one of those clubs where nothing is ever good enough for them.
“That’s the attitude there. I was never one of ‘their boys’ and it was made clear I never would be.
“It was made out that I was jumping ship when I left for Bolton which wasn’t near the truth at all and, despite all I’d done for them, the Blades fans gave me nothing but abuse after I left, a lot of it personal and out of order.
“In the Play-off Final when I was at Wolves, it was quite shocking. The predicament they’re in now can’t help but make me smile.
He added: “I spoke to someone high up at the club who thought they’d have a fantastic season but I pointed out they’d no pace at all in the side and I thought they’d struggle.
“He laughed in my face - but who’s laughing now?”
A Sheffield United spokesman said: “We are disappointed that Nathan felt the need to make such emotional comments so long after he left. As far as we are aware, he was liked by the fans. His comments have no bearing on the personnel here at the club today.”