SHEFFIELD United’s first team squad will not be spared the worst excesses of a pre-season regime.
But, in a marked departure from the methods employed by many of his predecessors, manager Danny Wilson has insisted that touch and technique are set to be afforded the same importance as strength and sweat when the South Yorkshire club reports back for training later this month.
“We’ll be working hard, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “But it’s also about getting back used to working with the ball.”
When Wilson was asked to succeed Micky Adams at the helm following United’s relegation from the Championship, his brief included shedding Bramall Lane’s route one image.
Revealing that the former Northern Ireland international’s commitment to playing football “the right way” was a driving force behind his appointment, plc chairman Kevin McCabe confirmed the club wants to build upon its march into the final of the FA Youth Cup last term by creating more opportunities for home grown talent to establish itself at senior level. “They will be given a chance here,” he said.
Although Wilson has warned that League One could come as something of a culture shock, he never-theless maintains creativity can flourish in one of England’s most brutal divisions.
Under his tutelage, the 51-year-old insisted, United will be encouraged to express themselves without compromising the physical approach for which they are famed.
“There’s a balance to be struck,” said Wilson. “I want us to get results but also entertain.”
Having captured Haiti defender Jean-Francois Lescinel following his departure from Swindon Town, Wilson’s most pressing task however is finalising United’s next move in the transfer market.
With Frank Barlow joining Chris Morgan on the backroom staff, further reinforcements to the backroom staff he inherited from Adams are not being ruled-out with Blackpool’s chief scout Billy Dearden poised to arrive.