Sheffield United: New boss reaches squad decision

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins is impressed by what he has seen since being appointed manager � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins is impressed by what he has seen since being appointed manager � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

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Nigel Adkins has acknowledged the process of assessing the squad he inherited after being appointed Sheffield United manager is drawing to a close, writes James Shield.

Adkins made the admission as last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists reconvened at the Redtooth Academy following a behind-closed-doors training camp at a spa resort in the Midlands.

Nigel Adkins (left) and his first team coach Dean Wilkins at the Redtooth Academy yesterday � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Nigel Adkins (left) and his first team coach Dean Wilkins at the Redtooth Academy yesterday � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

“The objective has been to analyse the squad we have and already we have formulated a very good idea about the players,” he said. “I like the honesty and the willingness to do well.

“It was great to go down to Hallam University and do some fitness testing, body compositions, things like that. It was my first opportunity to sit meet the players.

“It is a starting point for us and on the back of that we went to Champneys for four days. I have gone there for nine years now and there are great facilities. It is a chance to get everyone focused.”

Adkins, who succeeded Nigel Clough five weeks ago, conceded calibre will ultimately decide whether United claw themselves out of League One next term. But, addressing the media yesterday, he insisted character will also be a key factor.

“The players have shown an honesty towards working hard,” he added. “They want to do well so we have been able to train, recover and have loads of meetings as well.

“That’s a real positive because that is the base you look to build from at the start.”

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