DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has warned his team will be making a grave mistake if they believe securing promotion from League One will be easier next season.
Instead Wilson, whose side reached May’s play-off final, predicted the forthcoming campaign will be “even tougher” than last term’s memorable battle with Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite amassing 90 points and 92 goals from only 46 fixtures, United finished behind their arch-rivals in the table before being beaten by Huddersfield Town at Wembley.
Wilson, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s pre-season friendly against Ilkeston, told The Star: “If anyone thinks it is going be any easier this time around then we are going to have a problem.
“If anything, I actually think it actually going to be even tougher.
“Some people might have been surprised by the quality of player there is in this division. I wasn’t and exactly the same goes now.
“You can’t take anything for granted. If you do, then you are going to slip up.”
Wilson added: “Fortunately I know that the attitude of the lads here is good.
“They’re good professionals who approach their trade properly.
“They aren’t going to be falling into the trap (of believing it will be easier).”
United’s preparations for the new season begin in earnest when they travel to the New Manor Ground before heading to Malta for a week long training camp on Friday.
John Cofie will join Wilson’s squad in the Mediterranean after his loan from Manchester United was processed last week.
However, negotiations with Walsall aimed at accelerating Darryl Westlake’s arrival at Bramall Lane could still be taking place when United board the plane to Luqa Airport.