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Blackwell to stay with Blades

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Kevin Blackwell is to stay on as Sheffield United manager despite the club's Coca-Cola Championship play-off final defeat.

Blackwell revealed he was considering his future in the aftermath of Monday's Wembley loss against Burnley, but following talks with Blades chairman Kevin McCabe the former Luton and Leeds boss will be in charge next season.

"The club, player and the fans all took a blow after the Burnley game. We had been there before and we did not want to see another defeat," said McCabe.

"Kevin is no different. He has taken this club forward on the playing side from a difficult position in the league the season before last to the edge of the play-offs.

"This season we have finished third in the league and narrowly missed out on automatic promotion.

"Defeat in the play-offs is cruel. People hurt from the experience. I suffered. But I want all Blades to know that the fight goes on and, like me, Kevin is up for the challenge.

"We have had frank and open discussions. Kevin is motivated and, like all at Bramall Lane, is up for the task of getting the Blades promoted next season."

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