Michael Doyle has vowed there must be no repeat of last season’s failure to secure promotion after revealing the depth of his despair at Sheffield United’s inability to bring Championship football back to Bramall Lane.
Doyle, the United captain, told The Star he feels responsible for “good honest people” finding themselves out of work following May’s League One play-off semi-final defeat by Yeovil Town.
And he acknowledged the first-team squad have an obligation to repay supporters who “deserve to see their team” reach the second tier next term.
“We’ve got to draw a line but there hasn’t been an hour this summer when I haven’t thought about what happened,” Doyle said, reflecting upon events at Huish Park.
“When you stay in this division then savings have to be made - that’s the reality - and that often means good honest people losing their jobs.
“This is a great club with great people behind the scenes and when you see them go you look at it and think ‘that’s because of us, because we didn’t go up.’
“They haven’t done anything wrong but that’s what happens in football.
“We’re the lucky ones as players because we get well paid and well looked after.”
Doyle added: “The fans too have been brilliant.
“They work hard in the week to come and watch us and they deserve to see the team go up.
“Don’t get me wrong, we gave everything last time out. But we’ve got to get out now and do whatever is required.”
United, who appointed David Weir as their new manager earlier this month, last night unveiled their ‘released and retained’ list.
Dave Kitson, Lecsinel Jean-Francois, Danny Coyne and Matthew Harriott will not be offered contracts after their previous deals expired.