Be patient says Robbo

SHEFFIELD United manager Bryan Robson has appealed to supporters to follow in the footsteps of his bosses.

"All I'd say to the fans is, can I have a bit of patience, give me a bit of time? "Kevin McCabe and the chairman Terry Robinson, they both will give me that.

"I'm 10 games into the season. I'm not happy with the situation but I inherited all these players. At this moment in time, it's not my team as far as I'm concerned," he said.

A bonus for the United boss today was that hamstring injury victims Gary Naysmith and Keith Gillespie should be available to him in the next Championship game on Saturday October 20.

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Naysmith is fit to join the Scotland squad preparing for European qualifiers starting on Saturday against the Ukraine at Hampden Park. Gillespie is expected to join Northern Ireland part travelling to Sweden next week.

The Blades, who face Preston next, are only three points off the bottom of the Championship and as the league competition takes a break, Robson has been reassessing problems.

"I'm trying to get the best out of the players but I've inherited most of them. They're doing their best, sometimes I think that they're trying a bit too hard to try to impress. We're still not too far off that play-off place. What we've got to do is keep focused and keep working."

Injuries to key players have hamstrung Robson: "A lot of the players within this club who really show desire and a willingness to work hard for the club have been injured," he explained.

"The lads who are really determined and positive in their play have all had a lot of injuries.

"You get effected by injuries at certain stages, people like Del Geary, Nick Montgomery put 100 per cent effort into the game and sometimes that's why they get their injuries.

"We can't look at that and say it's an excuse. United are a big club and we want to be up there challenging for promotion. At themoment we're not and fans will get disgruntled."

He added: "I'm concerned, I'm very passionate about this job and want to make it a success. I look back at my Middlesbrough days, I had a great chairman there, the fans got 100 per cent behind us. If I can have that at United where the fans do support me and get behind me, I'm sure I can make a success of it because I know the chairman and the club are big enough to go where we want to go."

Manchester United's young Irish midfielder Darron Gibson - linked with a move to Bramall Lane - is now expected to join Championship rivals Wolves on loan until January.


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