DANNY Wilson has described managing Sheffield United as the “biggest” and “best” challenge of his managerial career.
The former Northern Ireland international, who has also enjoyed spells in charge of South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, was speaking after the club’s supporters publicly welcomed him into the Bramall Lane fold for the first time by chanting his name during last weekend’s visit to Charlton Athletic.
Wilson said: “Of course it’s nice to hear but ultimately that (reception) is down to the players. As far as this job is concerned it’s not only the biggest challenge I’ve had but also the best.”
Wilson’s appointment provoked a storm of protest when it was first announced in May. Some fans already disillusioned by United’s relegation from the Championship unfurled a banner reading ’Love United, Hate Wilson’ outside the stadium.
Since then, the 52-year-old has steered United to third in the League One table and into the fourth round of the FA Cup where they entertain Birmingham City today. Wilson, dismissed suggestions that United’s lack of spending power could prove a barrier to further progress.
“I’ve always worked on a shoestring so it’s not all about money,” he said. “Money helps - because the best costs - but if we’d had £20 million in the summer then a lot of the lads who are doing so well might have gone and how bad would that have been?”