Blades: Up for the challenge - Wilson accepts fans will demand promotion

Pressure on: But Danny Wilson is happy to shoulder the burden.
Pressure on: But Danny Wilson is happy to shoulder the burden.
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has admitted he will be expected to achieve promotion at the first time of asking after taking charge at Bramall Lane.

And, despite admitting the South Yorkshire club must embark on a major re-structuring exercise this summer, the 51-year-old insisted he would not have it any other way.

Kevin McCabe, United’s plc chairman, confirmed recently that Wilson had not been handed any ultimatums before being unveiled as Micky Adams’s successor last month.

But the former Northern Ireland international told The Star: “It’s inevitable that a team of Sheffield United’s size and stature is going to be expected to go up.

“There are many different types of success.

“It depends on the club and success isn’t only about results.

“For some it will be staying in a division. For others, it is going to be playing a certain type of way.

“For many, it’s about that and results. We definitely fall into that bracket and I don’t have any problems with that.”

Nevertheless, such is the size of the task facing Wilson that McCabe told reporters during his coronation that: “So long as there’s good progress, the signs are good and we’re moving in the right direction then why would we want to change?

“We’ve got to be sensible.”

Having been relegated from the Championship last season, United continued overhauling their on-the-pitch operations earlier this week when Frank Barlow was unveiled as Wilson’s assistant.

Wilson, who has made no secret of the fact that he wants to bring ‘entertaining football’ to Bramall Lane, has yet to enter the transfer market.

But several potential targets are understood to have been sounded-out about

moves. Officials are hopeful that Jordan Slew, United’s teenage striker, will sign a new contract after they rejected a £500,000 offer from Fulham.

However, the longer Slew refuses to do so, the more fears will grow that his mind is set on leaving

Meanwhile, United were last night poised to unveil further details of pre-season games.