DANNY Wilson has insisted that leading Sheffield United to promotion would be his greatest managerial achievement after mounting a spirited defence of the South Yorkshire club’s players, writes James Shield.
Wilson, who guided Barnsley into the top-flight 16 years ago, made the admission ahead of tomorrow’s League One encounter at Walsall which could see the visitors regain second place in the League One table with six games remaining.
“I have to say that I would rate taking Sheffield United up this season as my best-ever achievement as a manager,” he said. “Absolutely.
“Of course, taking Barnsley to promotion to the Premier League was really special. It was a fantastic thing to do and, in many ways, nothing can top that.
“But the circumstances were different. When I was at Barnsley and we were fighting to win promotion there was no pressure on us because everyone kept writing us off.
“It’s different here and especially in the division where we are playing at the moment. There is an expectation level at Sheffield United and the pressure is intense so to live up to that would be remarkable.”
United travel to the Midlands ranked fourth, beaten once in 10 outings but with doubts surrounding the availability of Dave Kitson (hamstring) and Matt Hill (double vision).
“We’ll prepare a team with them,” Wilson said. “And we’ll prepare a team without them.”
With Shaun Miller also nursing a serious knee injury, losing Kitson would place further demands on an attack already depleted by Dominic Poleon’s return to Leeds.
“There’s always negativity wherever but, for the lads to be in this position with everything that’s been thrown at them, speaks volumes about their spirit,” Wilson added.