SHEFFIELD FC: Curtis Woodhouse has steel got it

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CURTIS Woodhouse plans to put some steel into Sheffield FC now he has become manager of the world’s oldest club.

The former Sheffield United and Rotherham United midfielder says his priority is to put an end to the team’s habit of beating weaker teams but then losing to those at the top end.

“From what I can see of last season, the team did well against those below them but they always struggled against top eight sides,” said Woodhouse.

“I will be trying to bring more steel to the side and we will be announcing four players coming in shortly.

“I have been looking for people with experience at this level.

“We have to remember where we are at (Evo-Stik First Division South) - we are not going to string 40 passes around the grass and then hit the top corner of the goal.

“But what I will be demanding is 100 per cent effort,” said the 32-year old former Blade and current boxing professional.

“That ethos is important. Believe me, I have tried every short cut possible in two sports and there is no substitute for hard work. We need the type of characters at Sheffield Club who will work his heart out.

“Some people may be a bit surprised at who we are bringing in.

“I have a budget to work to - and we are not taking about a Simon Tracey or Charlie Hartfield coming in. But they will be players who can make a difference.”

Woodhouse is beginning the task of speaking to all players on the roster last year.

“The new players will come in and there are some I will have to move on, which is never a nice thing to have to do,” he said.

“But those who represent Sheffield will know quite clearly what is expected of them.”

Woodhouse knows he will have to overcome some crowd apathy at the Dronfield base - crowds are frequently low there.

“If we enjoy success, the punters will come in and others will follow,” insisted Woodhouse.

Woodhouse said the appointment may be a springboard to a career in Football League management later in life. But he added: “People who know me know how I change my mind - I could end up playing darts for a living!”

Woodhouse, who has retired from playing football, will train his new squad for the first time on June 30.