Sheffield United: Nigel gets Lane great’s blessing

Tony Currie with Pele during the Brazilian's visit to Bramall Lane
Tony Currie with Pele during the Brazilian's visit to Bramall Lane
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Tony Currie, Sheffield United’s greatest ever player, has backed Nigel Adkins to deliver promotion after insisting he can galvanise the League One club, writes James Shield.

Currie delivered his verdict ahead of a question and answer session in Worksop which will see the former England international join fellow Bramall Lane favourites Keith Edwards and Kevin Gage on the North Notts Arena stage.

Adkins acknowledged the importance of inspiring supporters after being unveiled as Nigel Clough’s replacement earlier this month and Currie, drawing comparisons with predecessors Neil Warnock and Dave Bassett, told The Star: “When those two were in charge the whole place - on and off the pitch - seemed to be all pulling in the same direction.

“Nigel clearly wants to create something similar and that’s absolutely great to hear.

“When everyone is working together and the place is bonded like that, it makes you a force to be reckoned with. A really powerful team.

“I’ve spoken to Nigel and he’s a really positive bloke. You can tell he’s excited about what can be achieved here and, because of that enthusiasm and the ideas he’s got, I’m sure there are going to be 20,000 or more fans right behind the lads from the very first game.”

Keith Edwards (left) and Tony Currie will share the stage with Kevin Gage in Worksop this weekend

Keith Edwards (left) and Tony Currie will share the stage with Kevin Gage in Worksop this weekend

Currie, capped 17 times by his country, received the accolade during United’s 125th anniversary celebrations last season. Adkins, aged 50, boasts promotions with Scunthorpe and Southampton on his managerial CV.

“Nigel has done the business at this level before,” Currie added. “In fact, he took Southampton into the Premier League and did a good job there too.

“I’m sure that track record is one reason why he got the job. There are never any guarantees but he does know the challenges this division will throw-up and will appreciate it’s not easy by any means.

“When we spoke he was telling me about the importance of ‘having a go.’ Of trying to score the first goal and taking the initiative.

Tony Currie represented England between 1972 and 1979

Tony Currie represented England between 1972 and 1979

“He’s got good experience and an impressive pedigree. Nigel knows what is required.

“If everybody gets behind him then, as we’ve seen in the past, this great club can be a real force to be reckoned with going forward.

Tickets for Saturday’s event, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced £10 and available on the door of the Eastgate venue or by telephoning 01909 480164 in advance.

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Keith Edwards at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Keith Edwards at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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