Sheffield United: Nigel Adkins pledges to entertain Blades fans

Kevin McCabe, Nigel Adkins, Jim Phipps. Picture: Martyn Harrison
Kevin McCabe, Nigel Adkins, Jim Phipps. Picture: Martyn Harrison
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Nigel Adkins has vowed to build a team which inspires Sheffield United supporters next season.

The former Scunthorpe and Southampton chief issued his pledge after being unveiled as the League One club’s new manager in London yesterday.

Adkins, who will be joined at Bramall Lane by assistant Andy Crosby and first-team coach Dean Wilkins, told The Star he is “immensely proud” and “hugely excited” to be tasked with the responsibility of revitalising Bramall Lane.

“We all know where we want to be,” Adkins said. “Supporters, staff and players, we all want exactly the same thing and that’s for Sheffield United to succeed.

“And if we’re all pulling in the same direction then we’ve got a much better chance of doing that. If we’re all working off the same page.”

Adkins, who signed a three year contract before being presented to the media, has led both Scunthorpe and Southampton to promotion from the third tier of English football. Nigel Clough’s successor further embellished his reputation by delivering top-flight football to St Mary’s in 2012.

There is so much to be excited about with Sheffield United. I know first hand what the ground can be like when there’s a momentum behind it and the crowd are really on song. It’s up to us to produce the type of football that makes the fans, who are the lifeblood of every club, feel the exactly the same way and ensure our ground is the cauldron I know it can be.

Nigel Adkins, Sheffield United manager

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“There is so much to be excited about with Sheffield United,” Adkins continued.

“I know first hand what the ground can be like when there’s a momentum behind it and the crowd are really on song.

“It’s up to us to produce the type of football that makes the fans, who are the lifeblood of every club, feel the exactly the same way and ensure our ground is the cauldron I know it can be.

“Equally, when times are tough and there are always going to be periods like that, they can get behind us and help pull us through.

“That’s what we want here. That group mentality because, when you’ve got it, it can be a really powerful weapon. Everyone is in it for the same thing.”

“South Yorkshire is a hard working area,” he added.

“People work hard to earn the money they pay to watch us and it’s important we try and give them something back for that. Some entertainment.

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“Yes, everyone makes a mistake. You don’t always get it right because that can never be the case in a business where it’s all about making decisions.

“But I know, having worked and lived only a short distance away in the past, that so long as South Yorkshire people can see you giving everything you’ve got, absolutely everything, they’ll forgive you for that.”