Sheffield United: ‘Don’t turn down Blades chance’ former boss tells candidates

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock last night claimed that anyone offered the chance of becoming Sheffield United’s new manager would be foolish to turn the opportunity down, writes James Shield.

And Warnock, who spent nearly eight years in charge at Bramall Lane, insisted the role remains one of most prestigious positions in English football despite the club’s third-tier status.

“Who wouldn’t want that job? They’d be getting one of the best jobs going in my eyes and should be very, very proud,” he told The Star. “What is there not to like about being Sheffield United manager?

“They’ve got the history, the tradition and of course a support base that is absolutely second to none. Everything that you should want is there.

“So, with all of that in mind, you’ve got the attraction of knowing that you’ll reap the benefits of your hard work. There’s no glass ceiling because the place will just grow and grow.

“All it needs, looking in from the outside now, is someone to come in and grab hold of it. Give it some presence and direction.

“Every other ingredient is there.”

United, who enter this weekend’s meeting with Port Vale at the foot of the table, dispensed with David Weir’s services on Friday evening after a disappointing start to the campaign.

The former Scotland international was their sixth permanent manager since Warnock’s departure following 2007’s controversial relegation from the Premier League.

Although United’s hierarchy have refused to divulge the names on their short-list, Nigel Clough, MK Dons’ Karl Robinson, Richie Barker of Crawley Town and Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade are known to boast admirers behind the scenes.

Co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad, who joined the board of directors two months ago, hope to unveil Weir’s replacement ahead of Vale’s visit.

“There’s a chance to really develop something at Sheffield United,” Warnock said. “With fresh investment and the people who are already there, then the only way I can see is up.

“I’m sure United have bottomed-out now. They’ll start climbing the table.

“Whoever comes in must be given time to build something. It took me time to do that but it’s a great place to work and be.”

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