VOTE: Who is the greatest Sheffield United manager of all-time - Warnock, Bassett or Harris?

Neil Warnock, Dave Bassett and John Harris.
Neil Warnock, Dave Bassett and John Harris.
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Here are the final three candidates in out quest to find the greatest Sheffield United manager of all-time

We've been asking you to vote for your favourites from down the decades - and now's your chance to tell us which of the final three deserves the ultimate accolade of the number one Blades boss.

Neil Warnock easily topped the poll to find the best of the bosses from the 2000s, while Dave Bassett was a clear winner from the 1980s and 1990s.

And John Harris scored 62% of the vote in our poll to find the club's best manager from United's inception in 1889 to the 1970s, finishing well clear of JB Wostinholm, the club's first ever manager.

It is now in your hands as to who wins the ultimate crown - here's a little bit on each of the trio before you cast your vote.


Born: 30 June 1917

Place of birth: Glasgow

Died: 24 July 1988 (aged 71)

Clubs played for: Swindon Town, Swansea City, Tottenham, Wolverhampton Wanders, Chelsea, Chester City

Clubs managed: Chester, Sheffield United, Scotland.

Sheffield United career: He took over from Joe Mercer on 20 April 1959 and finished the season third, seven points behind second placed Fulham.

His first full season finished in fourth place.

Finally in 1961, his Sheffield United team won promotion from the Second Division as runners-up to Ipswich Town.

Under Harris, United enjoyed numerous runs in the FA Cup (reaching the semi-finals in 1961 for the first time since 1936 and the League Cup. Despite financial problems, he led United to fifth place in the first season back in the top division.

After years of mid-table finishes, he was "promoted" to general manager in August 1968 after the team had been relegated the previous season, replaced by Arthur Rowley. However, Rowley was sacked within a year and Harris returned as manager in August 1969.

In the ensuing years, he made astute and highly effective signings with players such as Tony Currie, Alan Woodward, Len Badger, Geoff Salmons, Eddie Colquhoun, Bill Dearden and Gil Reece all signing for the Blades, and resulted in Sheffield United winning promotion from the Second Division in 1970–71.

Sheffield United started the 1971–72 season in great form and, under the guidance of Harris they stayed top of the First Division with an unbeaten run of eleven games from the start of the season. Harris resigned in December 1973 to become the club's Senior Executive.


Born: 4 September, 1944

Place of birth: Stanmore

Clubs played for: Wycombe Wanderers, St Albans City, Wimbledon

Clubs managed: Wimbledon, Watford, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Leicester City, Southampton.

Sheffield United career: In 1987–88, Bassett became one of the few managers to have the dubious honour of being involved with two relegated clubs in the same season. On 21 January 1988, just days after leaving Watford, he took over at Sheffield United. Despite bringing many new players, he was unable to prevent a weak team from sliding into the Third Division after losing the double-legged play-off with Bristol City 2–1.

However, with the Bassett bringing his own backroom staff during the close season and more new players brought in, he took them back up at the first attempt in 1988–89. A second successive promotion following in 1989–90, and First Division football returned to Bramall Lane in the 1990–91 season for the first time since the 1970s. An influential player in this team was striker Brian Deane, who was capped three times by England.

Sheffield United failed to win any of their first 16 league games in 1990–91, breaking a First Division record in the process and went into the new year at the bottom of the First Division. But a rousing resurgence in the second half of the season saw the Blades climb up to a secure 13th place in the final table. They did even better in 1991–92, finishing ninth in the First Division and securing a place in the new Premier League.

Sheffield United's Premier League debut was reasonable. They finished 14th in the final table, reached the semi finals of the FA Cup, and condemned Nottingham Forest to relegation by winning the penultimate game of the season.

Bassett's luck finally ran out on the last day of the 1993–94 season. Needing a single point to avoid relegation, they lost 3–2 at Chelsea, having led 2–1 with 5 minutes remaining. An eighth-place finish in the 1994–95 Division One campaign was not enough for a play-off place, and Bassett resigned the following December with relegation looking more likely than promotion and protests against the board mounting.


Born: 1 December 1948

Place of birth: Sheffield

Clubs played for: Chesterfield, Rotherham United, Hartlepool United, Scunthorpe United, Aldershot, Barnsley, York City, Crewe Alexandra.

Clubs managed: Gainsborough Trinity, Burton Albion, Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay United, Huddersfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Oldham Athletic, Bury, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR, Leeds United, Rotherham United, Cardiff City.

Sheffield United career: He was appointed as manager of his boyhood club Sheffield United on 2 December 1999.

In 2002–03, Warnock led Sheffield United to the semi-finals of the League Cup and FA Cup, only to lose to Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, as well as the First Division play-off final, with the Blades beaten 3–0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was the first time in his management career that he had lost a play-off contest, as he had achieved four promotions via the playoffs in the 1990s.

At the end of the 2005–06 season the club were promoted to the Premiership as runners-up in The Championship.

The Blades performed well in their expected relegation battle, and for a long time looked to be heading for survival. However a turning point in the season occurred with questionable and "ironic" victories for both West Ham against Manchester United and Wigan, courtesy of an ex Blade, on the final day of the season, condemning Warnock's side to relegation.

Warnock claimed in his autobiography that minutes after the final game of the season, actor and Blades fan Sean Bean burst into his office, blaming Warnock for the team's relegation in a "foul-mouthed tirade" while Warnock's wife and daughter were present. Bean denied this, calling Warnock "bitter" and "hypocritical", and arguing that he would never use such language in front of another man's wife and children. Warnock resigned from the club following relegation to take some time out of football.