Nigel Adkins feeling the heat at free-falling Sheffield Unitedby Jack Kitson / 25 November 2015, 10:13Tweet
Serious questions are being asked of Nigel Adkins after Sheffield United slumped to a crushing 4-2 defeat at home to Shrewsbury, leaving the out-of-form club 12th in the League One table; 12 points adrift of the summit.
- Sheff Utd are 12th with 26 points from 19 matches.
- Five League One managers have lost their jobs this season.
- The Blades have been stuck in the third-tier since 2011.
Adkins has been in charge at Bramall Lane since June, replacing the sacked Nigel Clough in the dugout after he failed to lead his troops to promotion.
As has been the case in recent years, the Blades headed into the new season as one of the favourites for promotion. But,after a bright start to the campaign, the club have struggled of late, failing to win any of their last five third-tier games, three of which they've lost.
Still majorly seething from last night; from the whole season so far in fact! My concern is that I still think there's worse to come...#sufcâ Blades Mad (@Blades_Mad) November 25, 2015
United supporters are desperate for their club to end their frustrating five-year stay in League One, but should the torrid recent form continue under Adkins then a change in the dugout could be on the cards.
Adkins will be under the spotlight this weekend when his troops travel to Oakwell for a spicy South Yorkshire derby against struggling Barnsley. The Tykes, 22nd, have endured a poor term to date, losing a staggering nine of their last 10 league games.
The Blades have been installed as the 6/4 favourites (Betfred) to carve out their first win in six, and subsequently ease the pressure on Adkins, however should the hosts (2/1 Bet Victor) pick up their first home league win since September, then the former Southampton manager will plunge deeper into the mire.
Nigel Adkins: "It's a bad result. You can't be losing games at home by four. I have to find solutions. It's a bad defeat." #SUFCâ Rob Staton (@robstaton) November 24, 2015