DAVE Bassett, Sheffield United’s new football consultant, last night revealed that attempting to save his former club from relegation was “the only challenge” that could have tempted him back into the game.
Bassett, who guided United to successive promotions during a memorable seven- year stint at Bramall Lane, returns with Micky Adams’ side languishing 22nd in the Championship table.
Although the United manager has asked his “mentor” to conduct a root and branch reform of the scouting network he inherited after being appointed in December, Adams revealed Bassett will also enjoy a more hands-on role when Millwall visit South Yorkshire tomorrow.
“This is the only challenge that I would have come back into football for,” Bassett said. “I regard United as my club.”
Adams insisted Bassett’s presence can help United’s battle for survival.
The two men forged a close friendship after working together at Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.
“This was my choice and my decision,” Adams said. “I’ve been surprised by how big this place is in the sense that there aren’t enough hours in the day.
“Training isn’t an issue – that’s second nature – but when I was at Port Vale I only got three phone calls a day.”
“One of them was from my missus asking what time I’d be home for tea. Harry can help with all of that and also when it comes to contacting other managers.”
Adams added: “Harry can help in the short-term too. He’ll be there (against Millwall) to offer advice and encouragement before, during and after the game.
“And if there is anything that needs doing on the training ground that I don’t want to get involved with then I’m sure he’ll be ready to put his boots back on.”