Wilson banks on Dearden knowledge

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson is convinced the club’s new chief scout Billy Dearden will do a “great job” at Bramall Lane.

Dearden, 67, returned to United yesterday following three years at Blackpool.

During his playing days, Dearden was a popular figure on the terraces with the Blades’ supporters and the striker featured in nearly 200 league matches between 1970 and 1976.

Wilson says the former Mansfield Town and Notts County chief’s contacts and experience will be a major asset to United.

“What we are getting with Billy is experience,” said Wilson. “Of course, he is well-known in these parts and I am delighted to be able to bring him in. I have worked with him before and I know he will do a great job for us.

“He did a fantastic job at Blackpool assisting in the recruitment of players, whilst his knowledge of the lower leagues, non-league and reserve-team football is immense.”

Dearden has become the fourth new addition of Wilson’s backroom reshuffle following the appointments of Chris Morgan as player-coach, Frank Barlow as assistant manager and Dave Morrison as their fitness and conditioning coach. It was just two days ago Morrison replaced Dean Riddle as fitness coach. Morrison worked under Wilson at Swindon Town.