Sheffield United Appoint Danny Wilsonby Mark Cohen / 27 May 2011, 12:04Tweet
Sheffield United have today announced the controversial appointment of Danny Wilson as their new manager. Wilson beat off stiff competition from former Barnsley boss Mark Robins to sign a three-year contract with United. The move hasn't been all plain sailing though as a number of Blades fans protested outside the ground in fury that their club has appointed a man who has history with their fierce local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
United sacked manager Micky Adams earlier this month just days after the 2010/11 came to a close. The dismissal was largely due to Adams' failure to keep the club in the Championship as they finished in a disappointing 23rd place, 6 points from safety. Wilson has been linked with a multitude of clubs - including Bury, Notts County and Barnsley - since resigning from struggling Swindon Town in March. The 51-year-old has now remarkably become the Blades' fourth full-time manager in the space of just ten months. The appointment has sparked outrage among some United fans as Wilson used to play for and manage Sheffield Wednesday. Other supporters argue that his track record simply isn't good enough to inspire the club to an instant return to the Championship.
Wilson, an ex-Northern Ireland international, has a wealth of experience having previously managed Hartlepool, MK Dons, Bristol City, Wednesday and Barnsley, with his greatest achievement during his time in management leading Barnsley to the Premier League in 1997. He will begin his reign in charge of United under an avalanche of pressure, and will know that getting of to a winning start next season is crucial if he is to have hope of winning over the fans.
Sheffield United are currently the third favourites at 7/1 with Sky Bet to win League One next season.