RUSSELL Slade, the Leyton Orient manager, last night predicted Danny Wilson will bring Championship football back to Bramall Lane.
Wilson takes his Sheffield United side to the Matchroom Stadium today sixth in the League One table and unbeaten in the competition this term.
Slade, who enjoyed a spell in caretaker charge of the visitors over a decade ago, told The Star: “Danny is the right man to get Sheffield United up. And he will do it. I’m absolutely sure of that.
“He’s someone I’ve got the utmost respect for not only as a person but also because he’s damn good at his job.”
Wilson led United to the play-off final last term with the South Yorkshire club accumulating 90 points and 92 goals en route to Wembley.
Slade added: “I hope Sheffield United go up. I thought they deserved to last season but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“Mind you, I hope they get beaten by us because we’re also absolutely determined to win this game.
“That’s my only priority now, Orient.
“Like us, Sheffield United have had to do a lot of rebuilding over the summer but they’ve clearly done it well.
“Rebuilding a team is
something I enjoy and I’m fortunate enough to have a chairman who really fights for this club and lets me get on with the football side of things.”
Orient, who are 12th, recorded their fourth victory of the campaign at Walsall in midweek.
Midfielder Dean Cox netted his first goal since May with a memorable effort from the halfway line and Slade admitted: “I didn’t know he had that type of power in his legs.
“We had a man down and the rest of the lads were screaming at him to put the ball out but he insisted he was going to just hit it.
“And didn’t he? It didn’t loop in. It flew in like a rocket.”
United travelled to London three days after a hard-fought win over Hartlepool.
Wilson said: “When we got back in the dressing room everyone could look themselves in the eye and say they were there when we needed them.
“Okay, we might have been a bit fortunate at times, got a little bit lucky when the ball didn’t fall to them in certain areas but we’ve had that ourselves.
“I thought the attitude was excellent.”