Charlie Webster: Battle to get us out of League One has begun

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Danny Wilson’s twin mission to win over Blades fans and actually get the team winning has well and truly begun; he has already warned his players that they will be marked men next season as they chase a route back to the Championship.

Danny Wilson’s twin mission to win over Blades fans and actually get the team winning has well and truly begun; he has already warned his players that they will be marked men next season as they chase a route back to the Championship.

I was talking to Sheffield United’s chairman Kevin McCabe last week and he insists we’ll be straight back up. Of course we will, our third tier visit is literally just that, a flying visit to regroup and shake off our misfortune. (Hopefully.)

McCabe puts a certain amount of last year down to a spot of bad luck. Well, we have been unlucky and the recruitment of managers has, in hindsight, not been the best: Gary Speed, Micky Adams etc and now the clean-up job falls to Danny Wilson. McCabe firmly believes out of all the candidates that applied for the job, and there were many, that Wilson was 100% the right man for it, no matter what other club he’s been previously involved in. Actually there is no love lost between Wilson and Sheffield Wednesday by all accounts. We did make light of the situation though, you have to or it just gets depressing. We went through all the new places we are going to be visiting in League one.

So the bottom line now is what is the player movement looking like? It’s likely that Ched Evans, Stephen Quinn and Darius Henderson will be packing their bags and leaving Bramall Lane. I think it will do Evans good to leave and also give us some benefit.

The Welshman needs his fire relighting after nine goals last season. It doesn’t do anybody any favours when a player doesn’t really want to be there - and he’s still only 22. Quinn is the same he’s just not quick enough and rightly so our new boss talked about the need for quick wingers. Holding on to Henderson would be a bonus though.

What about in defence? Bournemouth’s Jason Pearce has been touted around as a transfer saga has developed, Peterborough are said to have made a £500,000 move for him but the Cherries chairman is looking not to sell. However a Stuart Pearce type defender is exactly what we need.

Jordan Slew, that’s another name that’s getting the transfer rumour mill working over time. I think him staying would not only be a massive benefit for the club, more than the money we would get for selling him, but also vital experience for him.

Another season in a first team Blades shirt and this time next year he’ll be in a much better position with a lot higher offers than Fulham’s £750,000. The worst thing though would be to have a young striker that actually doesn’t want to be at the club.

Wilson has said we are going to need to group of players with character, most definitely, character and determination. I’m off to meet the new boss tomorrow so will be veering away from the rumour mill and going directly to the horse’s mouth.