Sheffield United: A stark and painful crawl downwards

David Weir, right, has picked up just one league win since becoming United's manager.
David Weir, right, has picked up just one league win since becoming United's manager.
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Six months is a long time in football, just ask Sheffield United.

When the Blades last entertained Crawley Town back in April, Danny Wilson was the man in charge and they were pushing for an automatic promotion berth.

United controversially axed Wilson following their 2-0 defeat to the Red Devils, a result which left the South Yorkshire outfit sitting in fifth position in the standings, six points adrift of the top two placings. Chris Morgan was appointed interim boss and oversaw just two wins from seven matches as United missed out on promotion for the second season on the trot via the play-off route.

As the Blades prepare to welcome Crawley back to Bramall Lane tomorrow night, they find themselves bottom of the league and looking to avoid a seventh successive league loss.

Since they last met Crawley, United have enjoyed little stability on or off the pitch. New investors have come in and significantly increased the transfer funds available to boss David Weir, who was appointed Wilson’s long-term successor in the summer. Weir has considerably revamped his playing squad and altered United’s style of football.

However, the natives are becoming restless after their disastrous start to the 2013/14 campaign. Weir’s men have not won since the opening day of the season and have already lost seven league matches. They have also failed to beat two League Two sides in cup competitions in normal time this year.

Discounting the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy triumph at Scunthorpe United, which they edged on penalties, United have recorded a meagre three wins from their last 18 outings since ousting Wilson.

United’s results have been desperately disappointing and another defeat to Crawley would leave Weir fighting to keep ahold of his job.