Blackwell ponders his future

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Kevin Blackwell has threatened to resign as manager of Sheffield United in the wake of their play-off defeat to Burnley at Wembley this afternoon.

Blackwell was in charge of Leeds when they lost to Watford in the 2006 final and knows what a catastrophic effect defeat in the showpiece can have on a club.

"There is a rebuilding job to do at the club, and it might need someone different to do it," he said.

"I will go away and reflect on it but I am thinking that I might have taken the club as far as it can go.

"I have been in this position before. I know the ramifications. To pick clubs from the floor after this is difficult.

"It is a gut instinct. I would rather make the decision myself than have it made for me. But I know these decisions will have to be made."

Blackwell did concede the South Yorkshire club are on a far more stable financial footing than Leeds were when they were beaten by Watford three years ago.

However, he knows the first task of the summer will be to try to balance the books. And he is not sure he has the heart for the task.

"A lot of lads will have to leave the club now," he said. "The whole wage structure has to change.

"This club is a lot more stable than Leeds ever was, but it's a big rebuilding job and it might be the time for a change."

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