ANDY Taylor has warned Sheffield United they can ill-afford to dwell on their heart-breaking play-off final defeat to Huddersfield Town.
The fixture list will be revealed two weeks today and the Blades face another year in League One after losing 8-7 to the Terriers on penalties last month.
United manager Danny Wilson began his summer clear out by releasing 11 players on Wednesday and there may be more departures before the new season gets underway on August 18. Chairman Kevin McCabe has indicated the club’s wage bill, which is one of the highest in the division, has to be significantly reduced following their failure to gain promotion to the Championship.
Left-back Taylor is backing Wilson to turn around their fortunes but believes it is imperative United do not make a sluggish start in the 2012/13 campaign.
“United can’t afford a hangover period because if you don’t start well you are always playing catch up,” Taylor told The Star. “They have got to bounce back.
“Next year will be another chance to get promoted. Danny [Wilson] is very experienced at this level. He knows the league inside out and I’m sure they will turn it around quickly.”
Despite accumulating 90 points, United were pipped to the second automatic promotion spot by Sheffield Wednesday. But Taylor, one of the players shown the door by Wilson last week, is confident the club will recover from that disappointment.
He said: “United are a massive club. They are too big a club for League One.