KEVIN McCabe, Sheffield United’s plc chairman, has admitted it could prove impossible to finalise Danny Wilson’s budget until after the club’s transfer dealings are resolved.
With deep cuts on the way following their relegation from the npower Championship, the squad United employ in League One next term is likely to bear little resemblance to the one which was relegated last season.
Wilson, speaking soon after being confirmed as manager on Friday, acknowledged time is of the essence when it comes to re-shaping the team he inherited from Micky Adams.
But McCabe, who recently revealed he has ploughed nearly £70m of his fortune into Bramall Lane since becoming a director, said: “In some senses we’re not going to be able to give an exact figure until the end of the transfer window.
“We know what we would like it to be. But we’ve also got to wait and see who stays and who leaves.
“We’ve never tried to hide the fact that there are going to be players departing because of what happened. It is, unfortunately, inevitable for a whole host of different reasons.
“But we’ll be working closely with Danny all the way through the process.”
McCabe was forced to placate supporters angry at Wilson’s appointment soon after unveiling the former Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday chief..
Wilson reassured demonstrators that encountering pockets of resistance made him doubly determined to transform United’s fortunes.
His ability to recruit over the summer will have huge bearing on whether they can mount a serious challenge for automatic promotion in a division which, the 51-year-old warned, could come as something of a culture shock for younger members of United’s following.
Nevertheless, it seems certain that United’s wage bill, irrespective of the savings they must attempt to make, will still dwarf most of those being carried by the rivals.
Strikers Darius Henderson and Ched Evans are destined for the exit door although few on the terraces would bemoan their departure.
Evans had maintained a diplomatic silence regarding his future but Henderson has claimed he will not ask to leave Bramall Lane.
“There is always a lot of pain when a club is relegated,” Wilson said. “There’s no getting away from that fact but we’ll be doing our utmost to make things right.”