Blackwell Out In Summer Switch
Updated Saturday, 20th March 2010
Blades-Mad can reveal that former Leeds United and Luton Town manager Kevin Blackwell will be removed as Blades boss during the summer; but who will take his place?
Kevin Blackwell was appointed manager of Sheffield United in February 2008 following the departure of Bryan Robson. Under Blackie the Blades narrowly missed out on a play-off place just months after his appointment.
And, in his first full season in charge he guided United to that play-off final which was lost to Burnley (1-0) after a hard thought season.
The 2009/10 seasons campaign could end in a similar note with the Red and White Wizards currently three points adrift of the top six ahead of their tough fixture at Doncaster Rovers today. As Bramall Lane boss he claimed his 50th victory in the 3-0 win over Blackpool last Tuesday night (played 113 with 32 defeats and 31 draws).
However the football played isn't attractive with the traditional 'hoofball' on show, whilst team signings haven't been as luxurious as one would hope for! It's fair to suggest though that his hands are tied with limited transfer funds which has seen him dip further into the loan market; taking on eleven players on loan this season with consistent injures hampering any team tactics.
A recent opinion poll conducted by Blades-Mad suggested that 82% of the fans would like the club to search for a new manager; - which no doubt is a possibility this summer.
But who would replace him? Our sources suggest that former Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United defender Craig Short is the man for the job. He is currently manager of Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros which has great links with the Blades - he has been there since late November 2009.
The defender played for United between June 2006 and May 2007, notching 20 (+3) appearances for the club whilst officially failing to find the net.
He would be a 'cheap' option for the club whilst it would also be deemed 'quick and easy' for his transfer from Budapest to Sheffield 2; he would be accompanied by Ron Reid whilst Gary Speed could also stay on as Assistant Manager with the Blades.
Whilst were not 100% on how plausible this rumour is, it's quite clear that from the fans point of view that a change in hierarchy is swiftly needed.