Wilson given time to take Blades up

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KEVIN McCabe, Sheffield United’s plc chairman, did not issue Danny Wilson with a promotion ultimatum after asking the former Northern Ireland international to take charge at Bramall Lane.

Wilson, who was officially unveiled as Micky Adams’s successor on Friday, admits he must deliver quick results in order to placate those club supporters who were upset by his appointment.

Adams became the fourth person to lead United last season when he replaced Gary Speed in December but was dismissed after failing to prevent them from sliding into League One.

Acknowledging the size of the task Wilson, previously of Sheffield Wednesday, is facing both on and off the pitch, McCabe offered the 51-year-old his unequivocal support as United look to regain their Championship status at the first attempt.

“We want to get back to the top as quickly as possible,” said McCabe. “But of course there’s a recognition that things don’t happen on their own overnight.

“Off the pitch, we’re in good shape. Unfortunately the one thing that we haven’t got right of late is the most important thing - the first team. But we are determined that will change.

“As far as I’m concerned, my aims are still the same. I still want us to be competing in the Premier League and the ambition is still there, although of course it’s going to take longer for that to happen now than anyone wanted.

“Of course we want to get promoted out of this division as quickly as possible. That goes without saying.

“But if we didn’t achieve that next season, for whatever reason, then so long as we are playing good football, are taking the right steps and are generally moving in the right direction then why would we want to change?”

McCabe added: “I fully expect Danny to be our manager for a long time.” Blades: P38