Harry Maguire has insisted Sheffield United’s decision to stage a no-holds-barred debate into the reasons behind their poor form was a show of strength rather than weakness, writes James Shield.
Manager David Weir confirmed both players and staff alike aired their views during a “frank” dressing room discussion midway through Friday’s draw with Crawley Town.
Although that result ended a morale-sapping sequence of defeats, the former Scotland international’s revelation prompted some critics to suggest it highlighted a split within United’s ranks.
But Maguire, who is expected to feature when Hartlepool visit Bramall Lane in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this evening, told The Star: “Everyone shook hands at the end of it and, personally, I think it’s a positive that we can do that. We are all in it together and we all want the best for our club.
“People react to things like that in different ways. So long as everything is done in the right manner and with the right intentions, which it was, then there’s not a problem with it at all in my mind.
“There were some strong words said and everyone aired their views but the fact that we came back and took something from the game showed that it was handled properly and done in the right spirit.”
United were teetering on the brink of a seventh consecutive League One defeat when Jamie Proctor fired Town ahead four days ago before Marlon King restored parity.
“We started to slowly and we can’t do that again,” Maguire, the United defender, added. “That’s something we want to cut out.”