It’s down to the wire in hunt for Sheffield United manager

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SHEFFIELD United appear ready to make the crucial decision over who will be their next manager, the man charged with turning the club back round after landing in League One.

The club intended to have the new man in place early this week but want further discussions over the merits of the respective candidates.

It is understood they have been impressed by those they have dealt with so far.

That can make the selection process even harder for those charged with making a very important decision for United.

Danny Wilson appeared to be the front runner but recently-departed Barnsley boss Mark Robins has come up on the rails.

He was still at Oakwell when the Lane vacancy arose following the sacking of Micky Adams.

But the ex-Millers boss is in the frame and was at Old Trafford to watch United’s youngsters in the FA Youth Cup Final. Also there was his coach at Barnsley, and also at Rotherham United, Steve Taylor.

Meanwhile, the official attendance at the FA Youth Cup Final, second leg at Old Trafford has been announced as 24,960. This included over 6,000 Blades followers.

With the first-leg attendance at Bramall Lane amounting to 29,997 it means that just under 55,000 watched the young Blades attempt to lift the trophy in the club’s first ever appearance in the final. For Manchester United it was a record 10th win in the competition.

Bramall Lane will stage the Sheffield Fans Derby Charity Match tonight (6.15) between Blades and Owls followers, with proceeds going to charity.