DANNY Wilson last night vowed to prove the critics wrong after being officially unveiled as Sheffield United manager.
Wilson, who confirmed captain Chris Morgan has joined his coaching staff, admitted he faces a battle to win over sections of the Bramall Lane support after a group of protesters staged a car-park demonstration to coincide with his appointment.
But pledging ‘honesty, drive and 100 per cent commitment’, the former Sheffield Wednesday chief insisted history shows he is not facing an impossible task.
“The most recent comparison is probably Mark Hughes,” said Wilson.
“He was a massive figure at Manchester United and then took charge at Manchester City not long after retiring as a player.
“Mark faced a similar reaction but he won the City fans over in time and when he left they were up in arms.”
Wilson added: “I knew it wasn’t going to be smooth sailing but, as anyone who knows me will testify, I’m quite a determined character.
“Of course you’d rather have people onside and behind you. But in a way this makes me even more determined.
“I’ll set about the task quietly and in the right manner, not shouting from the rooftops about what we’re trying to do.”
As The Star exclusively revealed less than 24 hours after Micky Adams’s departure earlier this month, Wilson was always viewed as a leading contender for the post.
He beat off competition from more than 50 applicants, including Mark Robins, to land the job.
Although Wilson admitted United are facing a ‘busy summer’ after being relegated from the Championship, he said: “To be given this responsibility is a massive privilege.
“This is a great club and it’s a Premier League set-up but unfortunately we find ourselves in League One.
“It won’t be easy but Sheffield United is a juggernaut which, if we get some momentum behind it, is going to be very, very difficult to stop.”
Morgan, who paid tribute to Wilson’s ‘man-management skills’, insisted his new role did not spell the end of his playing career.
Predicting he would return from injury in ‘four to five months’, the defender said: “I’ll learn so much from the gaffer and also (academy director) John Pemberton.”
n Wilson Picket: P1
n Don’t panic Mr Wilson: P2