It was a week ago that I was sat live on air on Sky Sports News and announced that Danny Wilson was to be the new boss of Sheffield United.
My initial thought was: “What a brave decision.”
It takes guts to sign a manager that you know is going to cause uproar and conflict amongst the fans.
My co-presenter spoke to live to Danny, stood on the edge of the pitch at Bramall Lane whilst a group of fans protested outside.
I think Sky thought a neutral should interview Wilson well at least not a Blade, like me, anyway.
I know I can be a bit straight-talking but I don’t think I would have been too harsh!
However I did get to have a live chat down the wire with Kevin McCabe and despite asking him a few tough questions he seemed ready and dedicated to sort the club’s current disappointing position out.
It will be interesting to see what our new gaffer decides to do to make his mark on the club, I just hope he sees this as an opportunity to show what he can do as a football manager and prove the critics wrong.
I think Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League emphasises what I’ve been banging on about for the last few weeks since our movement down the football leagues was confirmed.
When teams get relegated this is when the youth have the opportunity to come into their own.
Senior guys might not be as motivated especially on a blustery night at some of the less attractive clubs in League One on a Tuesday in December.
If you look at Swansea’s rise to the Premier League over the past six years they’ve stuck with a real core of youth including the man who scored a hat trick in the play-off final, Scott Sinclair from Chelsea at the age of 22.
We all remember what Alan Hansen famously said about Manchester United 95/96 team ‘You’ll win nothing with kids’ and that year they won the double, funny that!
Back to the matter at hand; Sheffield United’s youth attitude should shine through with their willingness to play first team football.
Chris Morgan will hopefully be the Eric Cantona on the training pitch to inspire the starlets and be the talisman that we so desperately missed this last season.
Let’s hope we manage though until December when he finally returns to action.