DANNY Wilson does not believe his relationship with Stephen Quinn will have any bearing on whether the Sheffield United midfielder stays at Bramall Lane.
Wilson, the United manager, insisted following last weekend’s draw with Colchester that he has not given up hope of retaining Quinn’s services beyond Friday’s transfer deadline.
But the former Northern Ireland international, who six years ago signed Quinn on loan for MK Dons, dismissed claims the mutual respect they enjoy for each others’ methods will influence the player’s future.
“At this stage Quinny would be difficult to replace,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if there’s anything around the corner for him.
“I’ve got the highest regard for what the lad can do and we’ve worked together before. But, no, I don’t think that will influence anything.
“And that’s not a criticism either. Far from it.”
Quinn revealed his “delight” at United’s decision to appoint Wilson when predecessor Micky Adams was relieved of his duties after failing to preserve their Championship status 16 months ago.
“I worked with Quinny quite a while ago now and the difference in him is amazing,” added Wilson.
“He was a good player then, you could see that and it’s why we wanted him, but he’s come on so much.
“What’s really improved is his knowledge and appreciation of the game.
“Technically, Quinny has always been very strong.
“But now he is much more aware of what is going on around him out on the pitch and the areas that he can exploit.
“It doesn’t surprise me because that comes with experience.”
United return to League One action when AFC Bournemouth visit South Yorkshire on Saturday.
Charlton Athletic have been monitoring Quinn’s situation for the past two months while Blackpool’s Ian Holloway is also a confirmed admirer.
Meanwhile, former United defender Andy Taylor has joined divisional rivals Walsall on a non-contract basis.
Taylor, who has previously represented Blackburn Rovers and Tranmere, was released by Wilson earlier this summer.
Kevin Blackwell, who managed United between 2008-2010, is reportedly among a number of applicants interested in taking charge of Coventry City following Andy Thorn’s departure earlier this week.
Bournemouth will “dig in” at Bramall Lane according to their manager Paul Groves.
“When you are going through a period where the luck is not going your way you have to dig in,” he said.