Blades boss learns from Owls past

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FRANK Barlow last night said Danny Wilson’s experience at Sheffield Wednesday means he is perfectly equipped to cross the Steel City divide.

Barlow was speaking after being officially unveiled as Wilson’s assistant following the 51-year-old ex-Owls boss’s move to Sheffield United earlier this month.

Describing Wilson as a much improved manager compared to his time in charge at Hillsborough in 1998, Barlow said: “Danny is much better than when he was at Wednesday. I say that because every bit of experience you get in this business locks into your head.

“You have to manage situations because I don’t think there’s a manager in the game anywhere who can do completely what they want to do.

“Danny’s got the knowledge of this league and I’m really excited about working with him again because I’ve got the utmost respect for him as both a professional and a human being.”

Barlow, who started his professional career at Bramall Lane, worked with Wilson during his spell at United’s arch-rivals before joining the former Northern Ireland international at Bristol City.

Barlow, widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the business, added: “I think we complement each other well because there’s a good chemistry of personality. His strengths aren’t mine and vice versa.

“Danny knows I don’t want to be a manager.”

Speaking of his time at at Chesterfield and Scunthorpe , he said: “I did it () and I was uncomfortable with what it did to my family and my private life.”

United, who will conclude their pre-season preparations by hosting Blackpool on July 31, have embarked on a rebuilding exercise after being relegated from the Championship. Dave McCarthy, recently named as managing director, said: “There’ll be a different kind of leadership.”