Sheffield United: Wilson becomes a centurian

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DANNY Wilson, who completes a century of games as Sheffield United manager when they visit Oldham Athletic today, accepts his reign will only be judged a success if it delivers promotion.

The former Northern Ireland manager, who replaced Micky Adams at the helm 22 months ago, made the admission despite winning more of his opening 100 matches in the hot-seat than any of his predecessors at Bramall Lane according to club statisticians.

United enter this afternoon’s League One clash second in the table and having taken 13 points from their last five outings.

Wilson said: “I didn’t even know I’d reached that figure but, if so, then it’s fantastic. I’m very proud if that’s the case because it’s a terrific job to have.

“There are no easy jobs in football and even more so in management but when you get one of this magnitude you need to do the very best that you can.

“We’ll be judged by promotion. Hopefully we’ll be there after April 27.”

With only four points separating the division’s leading seven teams Wilson, who won his first competitive fixture in charge of United at Boundary Park, added: “We have to be prepared to go the distance. In the space of a week we’ve had three different teams at the top so that tells you everything.

“There are realistic expectations here that we can go to the Championship and beyond. The first step, though, is getting out of League One.

“It will be tight but if we can do it then it would be brilliant and no one would feel more proud than me.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has warned United face a “tough test” of their Championship credentials at Oldham.

Caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk has won his last three outings in league competition having taken Everton to a replay in the FA Cup.

“Tony has done a smashing job,” Wilson said. “And he’s got some good options there with people like Chris Iwelumo and Matt Smith.”