‘Impressive’ candidates in for Blades job

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KEVIN McCabe, Sheffield United’s plc chairman, will spend the weekend continuing to assess the managerial credentials of those vying to replace Micky Adams at Bramall Lane.

As the Star revealed last week, United’s board of directors have received over 50 applications for the vacant post after opting to part company with the 49-year-old following the club’s relegation from the Championship.

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley chief Danny Wilson and Roberto Di Matteo, previously of West Bromwich Albion, are among those known to have expressed an interest in taking charge while Oxford’s Chris Wilder, Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade and Chris Short are also believed to be keen.

“We’ve had some unexpected interest,” McCabe said after announcing Adams’ departure. “If you look at the CVs then there are some very impressive people. Some very impressive candidates.

“But we are also putting out feelers ourselves.”

Although Di Matteo is a popular choice among supporters, his wage demands could prove prohibitive given the financial pressures associated with life in League One.

Appointing Wilson would be controversial given his previous associations with Hillsborough and Oakwell.

But, having seen Adams and his predecessor Gary Speed fail to arrest United’s slide down the table, McCabe and his colleagues know from bitter experience that sentiment must play no part in the selection process.

Both men boasted strong professional and emotional ties with Bramall Lane but had little impact on results.

Wilson’s achievements at Swindon Town and Hartlepool could prove particularly compelling for a board keen to recruit someone with knowledge of the lower leagues.

Having employed four managers, including caretaker John Carver, since August, McCabe said: “It wasn’t an ideal situation at all, I accept that, but there’s a recognition here that we don’t fire managers willy nilly and that is still the case.”