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SHEFFIELD United have concluded their first round of interviews regarding the managerial vacancy at Bramall Lane.

The Star understands that Aidy Boothroyd, previously of Watford and Coventry City, was among those to hold talks with representatives from Bramall Lane at a series of top-secret locations earlier this week with a second round of talks believed to be imminent.

Despite reports to the contrary, former Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley chief Danny Wilson is also believed to remain a serious contender for the post after impressing during previous spells at Hartlepool United and Swindon Town.

United plc chairman Kevin McCabe, who relieved Micky Adams of his duties after the 49-year-old failed to preserve the club’s Championship status, has made no secret of the fact that experience of the lower leagues is a pre-requisite for consideration and his predecessor, Gary Speed, struggled to deliver results through what McCabe described as a “wretched” season and sentiment will play no part in the appointment process.

With an ability to blend members of John Pemberton’s FA Youth Cup Final squad into a revamped first team also essential, Boothroyd must convince he can shed his long-ball image in order the further his claim.

United’s under-18s, who will enjoy a following of over 4,000 when they face their Manchester United in Monday’s second leg at Old Trafford, have won plaudits for their expansive style.

Another 1,000 tickets were yesterday released for away fans after the 2-2 draw in South Yorkshire.