SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson could delay his entry into the emergency loan market until the outcome of the club’s appeal against the red cards Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn received during the League One draw with Scunthorpe is known.
United, who yesterday confirmed they will attempt to have both dismissals overturned, held exploratory talks with several potential targets before last month’s deadline for permanent signings.
Wilson had identified a winger as one area of his squad in need of reinforcements following Stephen Quinn’s move to Yorkshire rivals Hull City.
However, he acknowledged United could be forced to revise those plans if the suspensions are upheld.
“Priorities can change,” Wilson said. “I spoke about that before the game.”
Wilson, speaking after watching his side snatch a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park despite being reduced to nine men, insisted he bore no grudge towards referee Steve Rushton.
Sources at the Football Association have indicated he will not face censure for criticising the official’s “terrible” performance.
United are believed to have included video and photographic evidence in their submission to the governing body.
Meanwhile, United have announced that their chief executive, Julian Winter, has left Bramall Lane. Director of academy coaching John Pemberton has also departed, as predicted by The Star last week.
Winter, who previously held the same position at Championship outfit Watford, was appointed a year ago.
Kevin McCabe, United’s plc chairman, said: “I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Julian for all his efforts and dedication while serving the Blades.”
The statement continued: “United are in the process of reviewing operational structures at both Sheffield United plc and the football club.
“More details will be announced shortly.”