DANNY Wilson is plotting a root and branch reform of Sheffield United’s administrative affairs after expressing concerns about who really holds the balance of power at Bramall Lane.
With uncertainty surrounding the future of free agents Lee Williamson, Kevin McDonald and Chris Porter continuing to cast a shadow over the League One club’s manoeuvres in the transfer market, Wilson outlined how he plans to wrestle control from the players and place it back in the hands of coaching staff and directors instead.
“You don’t want your better players all entering the last year of their contracts at the same time,” the United manager said. “It might have been allowed to happen in the past but I can assure you that it won’t be allowed to happen again.”
Although Wilson appeared circumspect about the impasse involving key members of the squad which reached last season’s League One play-off final, his patience will be sorely tested if it continues to drag on.
United have already identified several targets - including Hibernian’s David Wotherspoon, Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp and Stuart Beavon of Wycombe Wanderers - but apparently are unable to officially sign off Wilson’s budget until the matter is resolved.
Wilson must tread carefully through the rumour, claim and counter claim surrounding the motives of Williamson, McDonald and Porter.
He recently conceded quick answers would be preferable but, having acknowledged their representatives are busy touting them around rival clubs, can not risk alienating the individu
als concerned at such a delicate stage. United also look set to open negotiations aimed at extending existing deals when they complete the majority of their business.
“That’s something we’ll definitely be trying to do,” Wilson added. “We’ll be talking with some of those who are still under contract.”
United’s involvement at Wembley has stalled their preparations for the forthcoming campaign. Huddersfield, who denied them a return to the Championship, are also yet to enter the transfer market following their shoot-out success in the capital.