Blackie's Rangers preview

Last updated : 18 December 2009 By Bladesmadeditor

1236449621_spt_ai_qprvsheffutd_16The gaffer, who was approached by Queens Park Rangers in the summer about possibly taking the managerial reins at Loftus Road, has confirmed that there was interest from the London outfit. The Blades boss also speaks about injuries and R's.

He began: "I did have the chance to go to QPR in the summer after the Play-off Final but Kevin McCabe said that he wouldn't allow them to speak to me and that was fine by me.

"I love Sheffield United, am very glad to be here and work for a great chairman so when Mr McCabe said that there was no argument from me."

Sharing his thoughts on United's injuries, he went on: "To be honest I am just fed up with it now and I have told Paul Teather (physio) not to ring me any more, just tell me in the morning of our matches - I worry enough about the game the night before anyway.

"On so many occasions this season I have had to change or pick the team only an hour before kick-off because of new injuries and illness etc. Having said that we have got a few key players back in recent games and the difference has begun to show."

And finally, commenting on Saturday's opponents, he concluded: "Their players are going to want to put down a marker because it is their first opportunity to impress the new man.

"Individually they are amongst the most gifted in the Championship but sometimes a team is not as effective as they can be. Perhaps having a lot of managers in a short space of time has resulted in an uncertainty about which way they are going.

"However, we are aware that they like to attack and are capable of playing some good attacking stuff."

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