STEPHEN Quinn is unlikely to forcibly engineer his departure from Sheffield United despite attracting interest from several Championship clubs.
However the midfielder, who broke down in tears following last month’s League One play-off final defeat at Wembley, would be prepared to discuss a move of it becomes clear his career is drawing to a close at Bramall Lane.
Blackpool have maintained a watching brief on Quinn despite having an approach for his services rebutted on the eve of the 2011/12 campaign.
Strict wage restraints at Bloomfield Road could hamper their efforts to push through a deal at the second time of asking but The Star understands at least two of their divisional rivals, including Ipswich Town, are also monitoring his situation closely.
Although Wilson would prefer to keep Quinn, who he rates as one of the “most technically gifted players in the division,” the Football League’s decision to adopt UEFA’s Financial Fair Play criteria means several high-earners must depart unless they can be persuaded to accept reduced terms.
United have no plans to try and renegotiate existing contracts but privately admit they must undertake a radical overhaul behind the scenes in order to comply with these new measures.
Quinn admitted “I love this club” during the aftermath of United’s penalty shoot-out defeat by Simon Grayson’s side.
Asked whether he planned to stay put, he replied: “I hope so yes. I haven’t had any thoughts about my future.
“I’m just trying to deal with this defeat and we’ll look at it in the summer.
“I’ve tried my best for the fans and I’m devastated for them after the support they’ve shown all season.
“We’ll go again because this is a massive club and needs to be back where it belongs.”
Quinn, one of Wilson’s staunchest dressing room allies, added: “The lads have been brilliant. It’s probably been the most enjoyable season of my career and I just want to thank them.”
Indeed, Wilson’s presence could prove United’s trump card as they attempt to retain the services of their most ambitious players.
Several admitted to this newspaper that they were minded to leave when the club surrendered its Championship status last year but altered their stance after being seduced by his footballing philosophy.
United chief executive Julian Winter has outlined the reasons behind John Pemberton’s switch from academy director to become Shirecliffe’s new director of academy coaching.
The move has been implemented in response to English football’s new Elite Player Performance Plan and Winter said: “We have a very good reputation for producing talent; Harry Maguire, Matt Lowton, George Long, Kyle Naughton, Kyle Walker, Phil Jagielka, Nick Montgomery and Stephen Quinn are just some of the names that spring to mind.
“John has certainly been instrumental in the development of Harry and George and we have others that are coming through.
“This change of role will see John continue that work and add to it by removing some cumbersome adminsitrative work he has had to cope with and allocating that elsewhere.
“We are confident this change will enhance John’s ability to develop the best talent for the club.”
United will appoint an academy manager, charged with “providing services” to Pemberton, shortly.
Meanwhile, United season tickets are now on general sale, priced from £369 (adults) and £60 (concessions), at the Bramall Lane box office.
They can also be purchased at www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk or by telephoning 08719951889.