Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says his side will embrace the support of over 4,000 Blades fans at Bolton this weekend.
Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has welcomed news his team will enjoy a 4,000 strong support when they visit Bolton Wanderers this weekend.
Wilder, speaking ahead of Saturday's League One opener at the Macron Stadium, revealed United's new-look squad is inspired rather than intimidated by the challenge of trying to reward its "terrific" fans.
"The players, I'm sure, will embrace the support we get," Wilder predicted. "There's been a positive feel about pre-season and everything we've done. But we're looking to get off to a good start. We can't do it a better way than being backed by the numbers we'll have."
United supporters had threatened to boycott the fixture in protest at what many regarded as exorbitantly expensive ticket prices. But officials at Bramall Lane yesterday confirmed they had requested and received an extra allocation due to high demand.
"It's only us who could boycott a game and still take 4,000," Wilder smiled. "I fact, I think we've sold a few more. It's terrific, it really is, to know you've got that backing behind you."
Wilder has signed seven new players since taking charge of United earlier this summer. John Fleck, Mark Duffy, Jack O'Connell and Leon Clarke are among those expected to make their debuts for the club. Che Adams is also scheduled to travel despite being the subject of continued interest from both Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic.
"He'll be in the group that travels over to Bolton unless something happens in the next 24 to 48 hours," Wilder said. "We're planning on him being involved."
"I think there's been a definite lift in terms of enthusiasm and support for the players and ourselves," Wilder added.
"Pre-season has gone well, we've covered a lot of bases. Looking at our group, I think we've possibly been ready for the last 10 days or so. It's around the corner now and we go into it in good spirits and in good nick.