SHEFFIELD United are expected to unveil Danny Wilson as their new manager later today.
The South Yorkshire club, who dispensed with Micky Adams’ services after being relegated from the Championship last season, have called a press conference at noon when the 49-year-old’s successor will be confirmed.
Wilson, previously of Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, last night topped a three-name shortlist which, The Star can confirm, also included former Barnsley chief Mark Robins and Rochdale’s Keith Hill. United officials have steadfastly refused to comment on a selection process which attracted over 50 applicants.
However, Wilson recently revealed he is ready to return to the game after leaving Swindon Town in March.
“It is nice to recharge the batteries,” he admitted earlier this month. “But I am looking to the next challenge.”
Wilson’s vision for the future, which involved blending members of United’s FA Youth Cup Final squad into a re-shaped first-team, is understood to have impressed Bramall Lane’s hierarchy when they met to discuss the post last week.
Likewise, for a club which admits its wage bill must be trimmed after sliding into League One, his track-record of identifying previously unknown talent also made compelling reading.
Wilson plucked Charlie Austin from the obscurity of Poole Town before the much-coveted striker completed a lucrative move to Burnley five months ago.
Although the statement United released yesterday afternoon shed no light on the identity of Adams’ successor, it did hint at further changes behind the scenes. “Club owner Kevin McCabe will announce details of the Blades new football management set-up,” it read. That suggests a complete re-profiling is also being planned.
Robins and Hill met with United’s board before Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup Final second leg.