THE 2012/13 season promises to be a “huge” test of Danny Wilson’s managerial credentials, according to Sheffield United legend Keith Edwards.
Expectation levels have soared at Bramall Lane after Wilson’s troops narrowly missed out on promotion last year, losing on penalities 8-7 to Huddersfield Town in the League One play-off final.
The main bookmakers are all in agreement the Blades are the favourites for the title, with the majority quoting them at 6/1 to come first ahead of the likes of MK Dons, Swindon Town and Coventry City.
But ex-United striker Edwards, the scorer of nearly 150 league goals during spells at the club in both the 1970s and 80s, is confident Wilson will handle the pressure and that they will live up to their billing.
“It is a huge season for Danny Wilson,” Edwards told The Star.
“People will be very disappointed if they are not in the top three or four and would probably class it as a disappointing season should they come any lower.
“They have to deal with the favourites tag but I think Danny will enjoy the challenge.
“When he came in last year, there was a bit of disappointment around but he managed to turn things around so he has to keep the ball rolling.
“Managers have targets, just like players do.
“It is a pressure game and that is part and parcel of it.”
Edwards, now a matchday radio summariser, added: “United have got the nucleus of a good side and have got the experience and knowledge to get out of the division.”