DANNY Wilson insists Sheffield United remain a powerful draw in the transfer market despite being relegated to League One.
Wilson, who took charge at Bramall Lane last week, conceded several big names are destined to depart as the club counts the cost of what plc chairman Kevin McCabe recently described as a ‘wretched’ season.
But Wilson reassured supporters that, despite losing their Championship status, United are still an attractive proposition for players.
“I can say without question that there are still hundreds of footballers out there who would love the chance to come here,” he said.
“They’d jump at the opportunity if they get it.
“I’m in the process of speaking to everyone in the squad - which in some cases can be tricky because people are away on holiday - to find out what their intentions and thoughts for the future are.
“Obviously some of the better players are going to get offers from elsewhere and they might want to take those. Others are just not going to fancy dropping down a division and they’ll want to move because of that.
“Equally, there might be some who want to tell me they’re nailing their colours to our mast and they want to stay. If someone tells me they want to go then I haven’t got a problem with that. I want them to be completely honest.
“But, if people do go, then my way of thinking is that it gives us a chance to bring someone in
who is desperate to be here. That’s a positive.
“I’m not having a dig at anyone when I say that. It’s just how I’m going to approach the challenge.”
Wilson signed a three-year rolling contract after Micky Adams, paid the price for failing to guide United out of the bottom three.