Fans wooed during charm offensive

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BLADES fans may be beginning to soften their resistance to the choice of Danny Wilson as new manager.

Some Sheffield United supporters - upset at Wilson’s five year association with Sheffield Wednesday - staged a Bramall Lane demo when he was unveiled as Micky Adams’ successor on May 27. But Wilson is gradually overcoming some of that animosity and has now been praised for his integrity and courage.

The 51-year-old former Northern Ireland international was a surprise arrival at a fans’ forum this week and his attendance “deserves applauding,” says fans website ‘Bladesmad.’ The fans had no previous knowledge that the Lane boss was to be there.

The site stated: “To much amazement, the manager was at the forum, ready to be grilled with probing questions from the Unitedites. Wilson has been much maligned since becoming the club’s fifth manager in a year, but he had the courage and decency to turn up.”

One fan described the meeting as “a total success, Wilson spoke with passion and his plans for next season have whet my appetite”.

Wilson updated the fans by saying: “Success next season is not just about results because our style of play is important too.

“Supporters have to be entertained; as well as watching the team win they must enjoy what they see. Players are weighing up options at this time of the year. I have made inquiries about players but it’s early days.

“This is a big club that players will want to join. I know, next season, playing against us it will be many teams’ ‘cup final’ so we need to sign players with the mentality to revel in that situation.”

Former Blades boss Bryan Robson has stepped down as manager of Thailand. The 54-year-old has recently had a throat cancer scare but that is said not to be behind his decision to leave the post.