Danny Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, might be able to draw upon nearly five times more experience, but last night admitted Keith Curle will prove a worthy foe.
Curle’s Notts County side arrive at Bramall Lane today second in the League One table and searching for their sixth victory of the new campaign.
Wilson, who according to the governing body will be taking charge of the 911th game of his career, masterminded United’s 5-2 success in the Midlands six months ago but said: “Keith has done ever so well at County.
“He did well when he first went in there and they’ve carried that form on. It looks like the board have really backed him because he’s been able to bring a lot of new players in.
“But, despite that, they seem to have gelled very well.
“There’s no doubt he’s had a great start.”
County were 11th when Curle took charge following Martin Allen’s departure in February.
They finished the season in seventh, four places and 17 points behind United, before embarking upon a major overhaul of their squad this summer.
Striker Francois Zoko, previously of Carlisle, and former Barnsley attacker Jamal Campbell-Ryce were among the new arrivals.
Midfielder Alan Judge, who has scored seven goals in 23 games since Curle’s arrival, said: “I’ve got a manager who has given me everything. He has given me so much confidence and a role in the team I’ve always wanted.
“I couldn’t ask for a better manager.
“The manager doesn’t say much,” Judge added.
“But when he does he has that type of authority where everyone around just shuts up and listens.”