Sheffield United: Lee vows the Blades won’t hide


Lee Carsley has vowed there will be no hiding place for players who fail to commit themselves to Sheffield United’s pursuit of promotion next term, writes James Shield.

The former Republic of Ireland international was speaking after being unveiled as the League One club’s assistant manager with special responsibility for technical affairs earlier this week.

Carsley told The Star: “We want to create an environment where there are no excuses. That includes all of us. The lads out there on the pitch and also ourselves as staff.

“How you play should be a reflection of how you train in the week. So that means giving everything you have to every single session.

“No if’s and but’s. That’s what we’ve all got to do.

“As a footballer, when you cross that white line you’ve got to take responsibility for yourself. That’s the type of culture we want.”

Carsley, recruited by David Weir less than a month after his former Everton team mate took charge at Bramall Lane, will work alongside fellow assistant Adam Owen whose portfolio includes injury prevention.

The 39-year-old arrives from Coventry City where he was tasked with coaching the Ricoh Arena’s under-18’s side.

With Weir, aged 43, continuing to oversee United’s pre-season preparations at Cowdenbeath tomorrow, Carsley said: “There’s a young team in place behind the scenes and we want to make a success of what we do. Hopefully that, coupled with the fact we’ve got good players, will give us an edge.”

Meanwhile, United’s academy has been awarded category two status as part of the Elite Player Performance Plan revamp.

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