Blades players should play for pride as well as survival

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I’M not going to even bother referring back to Saturday’s disaster against Watford or trying to analyse what went wrong, again!

Sheffield United are having a disaster. We can’t stick our heads in the sand and wait for it to all blow over. As fans, players and management we have to stand up and face the music. The music this weekend will sound a bit like a Leeds United chant. And that’s because it is.

Now this Yorkshire derby holds the extra ingredient of pride although I think pride started to diminish a while ago. For me it there’s extra significance as half of my family, including my brothers, support Leeds.

I’m looking for an improved performance and keeping all our men on the pitch. We can’t win at the best of times, never mind with less players. A fellow Blade suggested that as fans we need to be behind the team as if we are chasing promotion, singing our souls out no matter what. Fans can help get the PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and belief back into the players.

Players too need to stand up and be counted. I almost feel that the team doesn’t believe any more and I’m afraid to say neither does the manager. Is he considering quitting? Micky Adams only knows that.

Scunthorpe and Coventry have both just sacked their managers. Fair enough neither team have been performing. So is the answer to sack Adams? Everybody has their own opinion there. I’m a believer in consistency and not taking things out on the manager at the first sign of trouble. That’s not saying I necessarily think Adams is the right person, either. Is he is so passionate and emotionally attached the team that it’s hindering his managerial judgement?

Recently it was said that it would be good for Sheffield United to go down to League One and regroup.

Personally, I think nobody should be saying that when we’re in the middle of the fight. It would be better to hang on by a Championship thread and regroup next season there. Think of the financial implications of relegation, trying to hold on to players and foot wage bills we can’t afford!

To take a positive, Leeds United have bounced back after administration and relegation. In line with Leeds, the Blades have found themselves in a mess with player wages. Following the same line you only have to look over the road to see what’s going on at Hillsborough. Milan Mandaric recently spoke about how much money the Owls would need to lead a promotion push next season. Around £7 million, part of that spent on getting rid of players. We need focus only on keeping in the Championship.

I’d like to wish Bryan Robson a successful recovery from his operation. And finish on as a mighty as ever ‘Up the Blades’. Remember PMA!