Danny Wilson’s sacking as manager of Sheffield United was another case of a club lacking the patience to achieve success in the modern game.
Yes United have had a string of disappointing results recently and are in danger of slipping out of the play-offs but they are still in a strong position.
Last season Wilson led United to the League One play-off final which ultimately ended in defeat to Huddersfield Town. Any other season and United’s huge points tally would have been more than sufficient to ensure automatic promotion.
However, they were pipped to the last spot by rivals Sheffield Wednesday who went on a remarkable unbeaten finish to the season after the appointment of Dave Jones as manager.
This season Wilson has picked United back up and they have been in contention for promotion all season and only recently have they suffered a series of poor results that may put them in danger of losing their play-off place. But were these recent results enough to warrant United and Wilson parting company?
United now have only five games left in the regular season so they must improve their form. Clearly the board thought it was the correct decision but Wilson has still kept the club in contention for promotion despite having to sell his better players from last season, such as Lee Williamson, Stephen Quinn and Matthew Lowton.
The financial position at United has in part dictated what Wilson and United can achieve. In that respect the club should be happy that they are still harbouring hopes of promotion.
Unfortunately for Wilson he has had to contend with a lot of negativity around his previous association with Sheffield Wednesday, which has only ever meant he has been tolerated by United fans.
As a player at Wednesday Wilson was part of the hugely successful early 1990s side that were challenging for trophies on all fronts. This would not have adhered him to the red and white side of the city.
Wilson’s departure is all the stranger because United have installed former skipper Chris Morgan as their temporary manager until the end of the season. With only five games remaining and a huge prize at stake United are putting a lot of faith in such an unproven manager.
Will Morgan be able to finish off what Danny Wilson had started?
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