Sheffield United: Matt pays heartfelt tribute

Matt Hill (left) celebrates Sheffield United's win over neighbours Rotherham United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Matt Hill (left) celebrates Sheffield United's win over neighbours Rotherham United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Matt Hill believes Sheffield United can achieve “something special” next season after paying a heartfelt tribute to the its management, playing staff and supporters, writes James Shield.

Hill made the prediction after revealing he is leaving Bramall Lane following a two year spell with the League One club.

United finished seventh in the table and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last term after enjoying a remarkable upturn in fortune under the tutelage of Nigel Clough.

Hill told The Star that he expects the former England international, who replaced David Weir at the helm seven months ago, to restore their Championship status.

“The gaffer is a very driven and everyone has bought into his ideas,” Hill said. “When you look at the recent results, you get the feeling that something special could be about to happen.

“It’s a great club and I’m sorry to leave. The gaffer explained he couldn’t offer me anything which was, of course, really disappointing but he was very sincere.

“I think recent results demonstrate what can happen when you get things right behind the scenes. The atmosphere between the boys is brilliant and the staff are together as a group too.”

“You can’t take anything for granted but you can see things are moving in the right direction,” Hill added. “The difference between how the season started and how it finished goes to show that.

“We were down at the wrong end of the table to begin with and everything turned around. A huge part of that was the spirit behind the scenes. We weren’t just team mates, we were mates and we dug-in for each other.”

Hill made 95 appearance for United after initially joining them on loan from Blackpool.

“I’ll always look out for Sheffield United’s results and I’m going to have to stop saying ‘we’ when I talk about them as well,” Hill said. “I just want to thank everyone there, including the fans, for everything and wish them all the very best.”

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