The Poisoned Chalice?

When Nigel Clough was sacked by Sheffield United he became the 7th permanent manager to exit the post at Bramall Lane since Neil Warnock parted company with the club in 2007. Here I look at the how things have panned out for the six managers that came before Clough and what they went on to achieve after leaving The Blades. 

Bryan Robson
Bryan Robson could have had few complaints when he was sacked by the Blades in August 2010. His inability to get a United squad featuring the likes of James Beattie, Gary Cahill, Matt Killgallon and Gary Speed anywhere near the play-offs was a quite staggering failure. It seems unlikely that any other Chairman in England will take a punt on Robson again after his stint at Bramall Lane. He hasn’t managed in his home country since he was sacked at United and his only other managerial job was with the Thailand national team. Here he took over from Peter Reid and in his 2 years as manager Thailand dropped 15 places in the FIFA rankings. The drop was mainly due to Thailand’s failure to reach the Asian Cup for the first time in 23 years and their early exits in both the Southeast Asian Games and the Southeast Asian championship. Thailand had long dominated in these tournaments and these disappointing performances led to protests from fans which effectively forced Robson to resign in 2011. Robson hasn’t managed since and is now back at Manchester United in a ‘Global Ambassador”‘ role

Kevin Blackwell
The decision to sack Kevin Blackwell just three games into the new season is arguably the reason United find themselves in League One. After Blackwell left three managers took the reigns over the course of the season but were unable to prevent The Blades slipping into the third tier for the first time since 1988. Blackwell divided the fans at The Lane. On the one hand the football was terrible to watch but on the other he kept the Blades comfortably in the top half despite having almost all his best players sold. Even Blackwell’s harshest critics would concede that the timing of his sacking, after giving him a full pre-season to make his signings, was lunacy. After leaving United in 2010  Blackwell had to wait 2 years before he got back into management with Bury. Here he won just 13 games in 57 as the club were relegated to League Two before he was sacked after a 2-0 home defeat to Morecambe left The Shakers 4th from bottom in the basement division. Blackwell brought in 23 players during his short tenure but was unable to change the fortunes of the club. Since sacking Blackwell, Bury have progressed under the guidance of David Flitcroft and last season won automatic promotion back to League One . Blackwell is currently on the coaching staff of Barnet after leaving a similar role at Crystal Palace following the sacking of Neil Warnock.

Gary Speed
Gary Speed was thrown in at the deep end with United. He took over a squad built by Kevin Blackwell to play in a direct manner and was asked to change the style of play whilst also getting results. In hindsight the fact he left United outside the relegation places when he took the Wales job in December 2010 was a remarkable achievement given what followed. Under Speeds Stewardship Wales were awarded the title of ‘Best Movers’ of the year by FIFA having gained more ranking points than any other nation in 2011. It was widely acknowledged that Speed was quickly improving a Wales side that had faltered under John Toshack. Tragically Speed never had the chance to carry on his good work. On 27th November 2011, Speed was found dead by his wife, apparently having committed suicide.

Micky Adams
Although Micky Adams had taken Sheffield United down to their lowest position in over 20 years it was still quite a shock when he was fired at the end of the season. Many expected Adams to be given a full season to get in his own players and the chance to help United make a quick return to The Championship. That said his record was appalling. Just 4 wins in 24 gave him the lowest win percentage of any United manager (amazingly that record would soon be beaten) and the way he seemingly accepted Uniteds fate long before relegation was confirmed confused fans. After leaving the club he had supported all his life Adams returned to Port Vale, the club who United had poached Adams from less than a year earlier. Back at Vale Park Adams guided the club to a respectable 12th place in League Two. They would have finished higher but the club went into administration and suffered a 10 point deduction. With the club still unable to sign players due to administration and with a number of their better players leaving few expected Port Vale to be challenging at the right end of the table as the 2012/2013 season got under way. Surprisingly though The Valiants overcame the obstacles placed in their way and gained automatic promotion. Despite this many Vale fans were critical of Adams and the way the team almost blew their promotion hopes with a poor run of form towards the end of the campaign. Adams described certain sections of Vales support as “idiots who were waiting for things to go wrong”. In their first season back in League One Vale achieved a creditable 9th finish despite once again struggling financially and having to rely on young loan signings to see them through. The following season Adams and Port Vale got off to a decent start but 6 defeats in just 24 days mounted pressure on Adams and he resigned on 18th September 2014. On leaving Adams said “Certain sections of the fans will be happy but I’d like to think a lot would be disappointed. You don’t work at a place for five years without caring about a lot of the people involved. And I believe I am leaving the club in a stronger position than when I joined.”
Adams was out of work less than a month as Tranmere Rovers appointed him as manager in October. Tranmere were bottom of the league when Adams took over but an instant change in fortunes after he took the reigns saw the club move out of the relegation places. Unfortunately for Adams this was as good as it got for him at Prenton Park . After 4 defeats in a row in the months of March and April Adams left the club by mutual consent. By this point Tranmere were in the exact same position as when Adams took over. Bottom of the league and staring non league football in the face.

Danny Wilson
The debate still goes on at whether Danny Wilson was unlucky to be sacked when he was. With The Blades sitting in a play off spot with just a month of the season left some still say he should have been given the chance to see the job through. His supporters pointed to the fact that he had kept United in the promotion race despite his top goalscorer, Nick Blackman, being sold in January . Around the same time of Blackman’s departure he also lost 2nd top scorer Shaun Miller  to injury for the duration of the season. Others though said United were merely plodding along and had no hope of succeeding in the upcoming play-offs with the way they were playing. It was a 2-0 home defeat by Crawley Town, the 13th time that season United had dropped points at home, that sealed Wilson’s fate. The team he left behind did little better under the guidance of caretaker manager Chris Morgan and The Blades lamely went out at the play-off semi final stage to Yeovil. After his sacking Wilson had to wait 8 months before he was offered the chance to get back into management with Championship club Barnsley. Wilson had enjoyed great success in his first spell at Oakwell and had taken the club into the top flight for the first and only time in their history. However his second spell with the Tykes was less enjoyable for Wilson. He failed to save Barnsley from relegation to the third tier and following a poor run of results that left the club just seven points above the drop zone in League One he was fired on the 12th February 2015. In a club statement the Barnsley board labelled their position as ‘unacceptable’. Wilson is now looking for his 9th managerial role

David Weir
Most Blades were happy with the appointment of David Weir. After three journeymen managers who had achieved very little we now had a manager who was young and who had a fantastic playing pedigree. Even from the pre-season games it was clear that United’s style would all be about possession football. Young signings such as Febian Brandy, Connor Cody and Lyle Taylor came in and as the Blades kicked off the season there was a good sense of optimism around the place. The performance in the first game against Notts County was good and the way United kept the ball was lauded by the Blades faithful. Those who left the ground that night would never have believed they had just witnessed the only victory David Weir’s United side would achieve. Whilst United still tried to play in the calm and measured way the manager wanted, it was clear after just a month that David Weir was a man very much out of his depth. The blades not only failed to win a game in their next 12 but they actually seemed to be getting worse. After a JPT defeat at home to Hartlepool the Blades board, recently buoyed by Saudi investment, pulled the trigger. Although from the outside it may have looked like a rash decision after such a short time in charge it was the right thing to do as if United had left it longer they would have likely found themselves adrift at the foot of the table. Not many clubs were going to take a chance on Weir after his disaster at United and the next time we saw him in football was when new Brentford manager Mark Warbuton appointed him as assistant manager. Brentford went on to have one of the best 18 months in their entire history as they were promoted and then reached The Championship play offs before succumbing to Middlesborough. Perhaps even more surprising than the success the Bees had experienced was the announcement that Warbuton, and Weir, would be relived of their duties at the end of the 2014/2015 season. It remains to be seen whether Weir will follow the much in demand Warburton into his next job or try another crack at management himself but his time at Brentford will have done much for his status in coaching.

 

As you can see after leaving United the majority of the managers above didn’t find much success elsewhere. With the exception of Gary Speed and perhaps Micky Adams every manager United have employed since 2007 has so far failed to recover from being fired at The Lane. Were they just poor managers to begin with or is there something in the air at Bramall Lane???????

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Media’s View On The Departure Of Nigel Clough

“I know plenty of Blades who wanted Clough gone but when will they give a manager the chance to build? More expense incurred now.”

Radio Sheffields Paul Walker

“Sheffield United will need to find someone special to succeed the sacked Nigel Clough, a principled manager in a sport low on principles.”

Daily Telegraph Journalist Henry Winter

“Good luck to @SUFC_tweets in their bid to replace Nigel Clough with Pep Guardiola and sign Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. Jesus wept”

Daily Mirror writer Mike Walters

“Disgraceful treatment of Nigel Clough by Sheff Utd. Avoided relegation,great cup runs,play-off place.Sacked after getting them to 5th place. Clough has left 3 clubs in a better state than when he took over while balancing the books & handling tight budgets. Not a self-promoter.”

BBC reporter Pat Murphy

“Nigel clough sacked ?? what an earth has football come too , saves them from relegation , semi final fa cup, play offs this year !”

BBC Pundit Robbie Savage

“Harshly sacked, but some fans unhappy with style. Take cup runs away and he failed to reach No 1 target of promotion.”

Yorkshire Sports Journalist Richard Hercock

“Put it this way, I don’t think Nigel Clough’s reputation is unduly damaged today. Unlike #sufc’s. Should they consider a 1 year appointment?”

Sports Journalist Alan Biggs

“From bottom to 7th & cup semi in 2013-14. 5th & cup semi this season. Amazing 60+% win rate in 18 months. Thanks Nigel…..& good luck.In Nov 2013 we were in a HUGE dark deep hole, & NC dug us out. Let’s remember & thank him for that & cup runs rather than focus on 1 PO fail”

Former Blades Defender and Radio Sheffield pundit  Kevin Gage

“Always last to find out but just heard Clough has gone from @SUFC_tweets if I’m honest I didn’t think the board would do it”

Former Blades Defender Matt Hill

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Motherwell Fans View On George Long (Taken From The Month Of May)

“Baraclough admit Long is pish and get him out and play twardzik next week get him game ready for the play offs. “

 “it wouldn’t bother me if Long didn’t play for us again “

“Let’s hope we dont bring Long back.  So much better out there.  One of the main reasons we are were we are just now. “

“All our keepers have been poxy this season. Mind you, with that defence… “

“Twardzik is at least a shot stopper. Long isn’t. “

“Long has made at least three times the mistakes in fewer matches.
 Also Twardzik has had MotM performances in him when Long doesn’t.
 And finally Long takes about 15 minutes to distribute a ball from feet or hand and doesn’t have a clue what to do.”

“I am not defending Long but I don’t know about the 3 times as many errors, I an still remember Dan against Dundee , Aberdeen , and a few others chucking them in.he also was at fault for the goal that put us out of Europe.He is generally a good shot stopper , but poor at criosses. He definitely isn’t the answer, probably Long isn’t either.  “

“We needed an experienced goalie in ja uary. Long was probably the only guy wanting to come here. Like many young players they are inconsistant and make mistakes. He has won us points so lets not make him the scapegoat when there have been other seniors either hiding or dismal All season. “

“Dan has to come in. long easily wastes a good 5-10 minutes of a game setting up kick outs. its infuriating watching it.
Dan is a better shot stopper and they are equal in crosses. its a no brainer for me”

“  I was happy when we signed Long as he seemed too have ticked all the boxes…. Unfortunately his has cost us severely. I would have brought back Dan 4 weeks ago. Now it might be too late.”

“The only reason Sheffield United let George Long come on loan to us was that we had to guarantee that if he was fit he would play. So unless we can send him back, Long will be our keeper for the next 3 matches. “

“So, let’s blame Long for everything. Yesterday he pulled off a few good saves, did well to narrow the angle for Gows 1 on 1 and made it virtually impossible for him to get his shot on target. At their equaliser yes he was partly to blame but I felt it was the keepers ball when O’Brien tried to overhead kick it out. So let’s blame O’Brien as well. Nobody had many great words for Hollis or neilson but we finished 2nd last year. Long us young, just getting 1st team experience so of course he’s going to make errors of judgement. “

“Long had made over 90 appearances before coming to us.”

“Both our goalkeepers are pure pish, mistake-ridden fannies… “

“Twardzik must have improved significently since he was dropped in January. He is murder. Long isnt much better but not as bad as Twardzik.”

 “I have seen comments about Long slowing the play down but I saw him rushing to the 18 yard line with no-one looking for the ball. “

“ Looks like to me like either Long doesn’t communicate well with his defenders, or they don’t communicate well with him. Don’t mind him but for a guy that ‘looks’ like a keeper, he doesn’t dominate in the way he should. Either way, it’s cost us points more than once this season. “

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END OF SEASON AWARDS: THE RESULTS

More than 100 people voted in the End Of Season Awards and i’d like to thank everyone who did take the time to place their votes. Here are the results…….

Player Of The Season: JAMIE MUPRHY

(Runner Up: Chris Basham)

It says a lot about the season when only 4 players received nominations for this category. Individually the majority of the players mirrored United as a collective: Terribly inconsistent. Jamie Murphy himself went some through poor patches of form, particularly at the very start and very end of the season, but he was still comfortably United’s most dangerous player throughout the campaign. When he’s in the mood he looks to be someone playing below his level. He contributed to most of United’s best moments of the season with wonderful goals against Doncaster and Gillingham whilst also showing his talent by giving Kyle Walker a torrid time in the two games against Spurs. Harry Maguire won this award last season and United were unable to hold on to him. All Blades will be hoping that the same thing doesn’t happen with Jamie Murphy and he is still in a Blades shirt next season.

Young Player Of The Season: LOUIS REED

(Runner Up: Che Adams)

Louis Reed was surprisingly thrown into the team on the very first day against Bristol City and stayed in and around the squad for the entire season. In a season that continued to frustrate, Reed was held up as a major positive throughout most of the campaign. His passing ability and calmness in possession had many fans believing he was a future England international and he was introduced into the national sides u18s squad in March. Somewhat inevitably given his age his form dipped towards the end of the season and he was taken out of the side for the play-off games. Despite this his displays, particularly against top flight teams, point to a great future for Reed and it will be interesting to see how he develops next season.

Most improved player: CHRIS BASHAM

(Runner Up: Kieron Freeman)

It’s fair to say Chris Basham didn’t initially make a positive impression on United fans. In his early games he looked slow, clumsy and seemed to add nothing to the United midfield. He was eventually dropped from the first team at the end of September after a number of poor displays. Although he did have a good game in midfield against Bradford when he was brought back into the side he really started to show his worth once he was moved back to centre half. Here he looked dominant, calm in possession and his whole heated displays turned the opinions of the United fans. He was comfortably United’s best centre half all season but even when put back into midfield he looked a different player to the one who had started the season so sluggishly. Despite his success at centre half he looked even better in midfield and it’s a shame we couldn’t see more of him there due to United issues at the back. In the end he was both United’s best centre half and best central midfielder. Not many fans who witnessed those early performances would have seen that coming!

Best Signing: MATT DONE

(Runner Up: Chris Basham)

United had been in desperate need of a striker all season but as the January transfer window drew to a close it looked as though The Blades would fail to bring in any of their targets. Then at the very end of the window Matt Done was brought in from Rochdale. Done had spent most of his career as a steady but unspectacular left sided midfielder but after he was moved up front by Rochdale early in the season his career had been given a new lease of life. He had scored 10 goals for Rochdale when he came to United and was among the top scorers in the league. His form continued with United as he scored 4 goals in his first 3 games. Aside from his goals his workrate, pace and energy quickly endeared him to the Blades faithful. Unfortunately for Done and United he picked up a few niggling injuries towards the end of the season and was missing for much of the run in. He came back as a sub against Swindon in the play offs and immediately United looked a far better and faster outfit. He started in the 2nd leg and whilst he didn’t make quite the same impact he still managed to net a typical poachers goal. Clough has been criticized for his transfers this season but no Blade will be complaining about the signing of Matt Done.

Best Team Performance Of The Season: SOUTHAMPTON (H)

(Runner Up: Bristol City (A))

United had quietly navigated their way to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup where they faced a Southampton side who had made a superb start to the season. Indeed the Saints were sitting in third place in the league and talk of gaining Champions League qualification was beginning to sound less foolish as the weeks went on. The Blades meanwhile had failed to win a home game in the last 4. Once again though United raised their game in the cup and did to Southampton what they themselves had been doing to Premiership sides all season. United got in their faces, defended superbly and created numerous chances. The 1-0 scoreline wasn’t a fair reflection on the game and The Blades could have won by 3 or 4. It was a fantastic performance after some truly woeful displays at Bramall Lane and pointed towards a brighter second half of the season. Rather predictably the next game saw United labour to a one all draw at home to Walsall.

Best Single Performance From A Player:  CHRIS BASHAM V BARNSLEY (A)

(Runners Up: Jamal Campbell Ryce v QPR (A), Che Adams v Spurs (H))

United fans had been calling for Chris Basham to be moved into midfield for weeks but with so little options at the back he was still mostly used at centre half. With Terry Kennedy now back from injury though Nigel Clough was finally able to use Basham in the middle of the park. He didn’t let his manager down. From the first minute he brought the sort of strength and energy to the midfield that United had been crying out for all season. He was also often the furthest man forward when the Blades were attacking and on another day he could have had a hat trick. Not only was Basham excellent but his display seemed to rub off on his midfield partners. Paul Coutts enjoyed his best game in a United shirt and Jason Holt scored a wonderful goal. The performance against Barnsley was head and shoulders above what had been seen recently and a huge part of that was due to the presence of Basham in midfield.

Best Single Moment Of The Season: CHE ADAMS 2ND GOAL AGAINST SPURS

(Runner Up: Michael Doyle’s cockney walk against West Ham)

If truth be told United were second best for most of the second leg against Spurs. After Christian Erikson’s stunning free kick Tottenham were fully in control of the tie and looked more likely than United of scoring the next goal. Then Nigel Clough threw on Micheal Higdon and the 18 year old Che Adams, a player who just two months previous had been playing for Ilkeston in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division. The two changed the game almost instantly. Higdon’s power and strength caused the Spurs back line all sorts of issues and afforded Adams space to do damage. His first goal came just 3 minutes after coming on and before United fans had the chance to say “We’re back in this”, Adams scored a second goal which saw Bramall Lane erupt. In the blink of an eye this young lad had changed a game that just a few minutes earlier had looked well beyond The Blades. Louis Reed almost capped the perfect comeback by firing just over before Erikson restored Spurs’ lead and took them through to the final. United had come so close to knocking out their illustrious opponents and for one brief moment it looked as though United had pulled off the biggest shock of all.

Best Goal Of The Season: JAMIE MURPHY V DONCASTER (A)

(Runner Up: Jamie Murphy v Gillingham (H)

Murphy’s sensational strike against Doncaster completed a crazy few minutes that turned the game in United’s favour. Just moments earlier Paddy McCarthy had been sent off for a late challenge in the area and a penalty was awarded to the hosts. With the Blades down to 10 men and looking like they were about to go a goal behind it seemed a long way back but Harry Foresters penalty was saved by Howard and just 3 minutes later Murphy had put United in front with a stunning solo effort.

Best Away Day: BARNSLEY

(Runner Up: Bristol City)

A poor run of form had seen United go from being outsiders in the automatic promotion race to looking like they may slip out of the Play-Offs. 7th placed Barnsley were just 3 points behind the Blades by the time the Oakwell fixture came around and were 9 games unbeaten. The form book was turned on it’s head though as United produced one of their stand out performances of the season to comfortably brush aside their South Yorkshire rivals in a 2-0 victory. The sold out away end who approached the match with understandable worry ended it toasting their first win at Oakwell in 7 years.

Worst Away Day: YEOVIL

(Runner Up: Chesterfield)

United were all but sure of a play-off place by this point in the campaign but there could be no excuse for such a poor display against a side who had already been relegated a week previous. In fact this was only The Glovers 9th win of what had been a torrid season for them. Afterwards a clearly angry Nigel Clough said only John Brayford had come out of the game with any credit whilst the dispirited Blades following left Huish Park bemoaning the fact their side had only managed one attempt on target against the worst side in the league.

Worst Team Performance Of The Season: FLEETWOOD (H)

(Runner Up Yeovil (a))

The defeat at home to Fleetwood topped of a terrible week for United that had seen them pick up just one point out of 9 following similarly disappointing displays away at Crawley and at home to Peterborough. United not only gave away two incredibly soft goals against a Fleewtood side who had only won 2 of the last 7 but also created almost nothing in front of goal. United put in a fair few awful displays throughout the season but none topped this fiasco.

Worst Signing: MICHEAL HIGDON

(Runner Up: Paul Coutts)

From the moment the 2013/2014 season ended a striker had been the top priority for Clough and United. Marc McNulty had been brought in but he was seen as one for the future rather than the here and now. As the new season approached The Blades seemed no nearer to the acquiring the forward they longed for. Then just 5 days before the first game Micheal Higdon was signed from Dutch club NEC Nijmegen. He arrived with a decent reputation following success with the likes of Motherwell and St. Mirren in the Scottish leagues and all in all it seemed a decent signing.  He was surprisingly given the captains armband against Bristol City and was a real handful in the first half, getting a goal and causing the City defence all sorts of problems with his height and strength. Unfortunately that first half was as good as it got. Poor performances saw him relegated to the bench and all in all he only started 12 games and scored just 5 goals. United had searched all pre-season for a striker and were still looking for one 12 months later.

Worst Single Performance From A Player: IAIN TURNER V FLEETWOOD (h)

(Runner Up: Jay McEveley v Swindon (A) (Play-Offs)

Iain Turner had actually made a good start to his Blades career with solid displays in the JPT followed by an excellent performance against Swindon in his first league start. He had shown enough in the games he had played that few United were worried about him filling in following an injury to Mark Howard . Slowly though his performances deteriorated and he was soon making the sort of mistakes that has seen him spend the majority of his career as a back up ‘keeper. Fleetwood was his worst game. First he got done at the near post with an effort from just inside the area then at the same post he late in a tame shot (or what is it a mis-hit cross?) and United’s found themselves 2 down. Another thing that stood out about his performance in this game was how he spent the entire first half shielding his eyes from the sun. Why didn’t he wear a cap?

Most Disappointing Player: MICHEAL HIGDON

(Runners Up:Jose Baxter, Stefan Scougall)

Before the season began many Blades fans said “We could get top 2 but it depends on what striker we bring in”. Michael Higdon was seen as the last piece of the Jigsaw. Something we missed the season previous and a striker who could earn us 20 goals a season. The fact by the end of the season he wasn’t even on the bench shows just how badly wrong the signing of Micheal Higdon went.

Worst Single Moment Of The Season: THE LAST MINUTE WINNER FOR SWINDON AT THE LANE IN THE PLAY OFFS

(Runner Up: Going 3-0 down on the night to Swindon in the 2nd leg of the play offs)

Despite all the frustration and dismay United had managed to secure a play off place and they started superbly in the first leg against Swindon. With Basham back in midfield and Ryan Flynn fit again United set about The Robins and scored an early goal thanks to Kieron Freeman’s shot from just inside the area. After the goal though United seemed to slowly resort back to the poor home displays they had produced for most of the season. It didn’t help that an injury to John Brayford meant Basham had to go back to centre half. Without him in the middle of the park the United midfield was often bypassed and Swindon deservedly equalised. They then truly took control of the game and looked to be the side most likely to score a 2nd until the introduction of Matt Done turned the game back in United’s favour. In the final 15 minutes of the game the Blades created numerous opportunities and Steve Davies missed a golden chance by failing to properly connect to a Jamie Murphy cross when just yards from goal. United were well on top at this point but seemed to be destined to have to settle for a draw.  Incredibly though in the very last minute it got worse as Nathan Byrne, who had been a thorn in United’s side all night, hit a speculative effort that somehow evaded Mark Howard and nestled into the corner of the Blades goal. United now had to go to Swindon a goal behind with their  promotion hopes dangling by a thread.

Worst Player: MICHEAL HIGDON

(Runner Up: Paul Coutts)

It wasn’t just Higdon’s poor displays and lack of goals that disappointed Blades fans. He also seemed to be forever walking a tightrope in a disciplinary sense. He stupidly got sent off against Chesterfield and was, rather embarrassingly, even taken off before half time at home to Swindon after seemingly doing his best to get sent off for 40 minutes. After that Swindon game Higdon all but disappeared from the first team as Clough seemed to have finally lost patience with him. If as rumoured he is offloaded in the summer few United fans will bemoan his loss.

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End Of Season Awards

If you wish to vote on the Sheffield United end of the season awards for the 2014/2015 season then please leave your choice for each category in the comments box

1.Player Of The Season
2.Young Player Of The Season
3.Most Improved Player
4.Best Signing
5.Best Team Performance Of The Season
6.Best Single Performance From A Player
7.Best Single Moment Of The Season
8.Best Goal Of The Season
9.Best Away Day
10.Worst Away Day
11.Worst Team Performance Of The Season
12.Worst Signing
13.Worst Single Performance From A Player
14.Most Disappointing player
15.Worst Single Moment Of The Season
16.Worst Player

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VIEW FROM SWINDON

Swindon 5-5 Blades (Swindon win 7-6 on aggregate)

“Best game I have ever seen live. Crazy from the first whistle to the last. I was nervous even at 3 nil and that was why.
Fair play to Sheff U they never gave up. Know what its like to lose in the play offs but their fans can take heart from the
fact they never said die. “

“Incredible will power and determination from Blades. Ridiculous to feel nervous at 5-1 on aggregate but that’s what you get
with Swindon. ****ing hell.”

“Wow. What a game. “

“Well played Sheffield. “

“Before everyone gets their panties bunched, that was a freak game – although the league game was similar in many respects, 3-0
up, back to 3-2 before ending 5-2.
Seems like when these 2 teams meet something just happens.”

“I watched it from up at the top of the DRS with my new mate Karl Robinson and your correct, there were Swindon fans clearly
looking to wind up Sheffield United fans. I wouldn’t say it was hundreds, probably about 50 or so bell ends looking to cause
grief. We’ll both get fines for the pitch invasions, I suspect the same amounts”

“Also, I saw some Town fans who went up to the United fans to applaud them so it wasn’t just our resident half wits looking to
cause trouble. Sadly the negatives will always get reported!”

“we dont want to go back to fences I dont know what the answer is ,the stewards are never going to stop a few thousand . Most
Town fans were clapping the Sheffield supporters but you will always get a few that will goad the away fans.”

“Some of our supporters are disgraceful and cringeworthy at times.”

“I think most on here would like to apologise for the prats, who went towards your fans, to try and cause trouble on the final
whistle, and spoil an unforgetable night.”

“We really let them into the game tonight with super soft defending and I was shitting myself when it got to 5-5. I think a 1
goal deficit isn’t the right reflection but they gave it a bloody good go.”

“Some of their mongs that walked out at 3 – 0”

“over the 2 legs maybe their team lacked a little bit of that quality, you can’t argue with the strength of character they
showed last night. Could have given up a number of times but kept going for it.”

“great fighting spirit by your them contributed to an unforgettable 2nd leg. Great stuff by both teams, obviously could have
gone either way.”

“Not sure we’ve ever put 10 goals past the same team at the County Ground in a single season before; and there can’t be many
that have scored 7 themselves. We’ll remember the Blades for that alone this year.”

“It was very fine margins over the two legs. Bad luck and decisions from their players cost them. You can’t blame the manager
for that. Stick with clough and they’ll be right up there next season I’m sure.”

“I can only imagine how galling it must be to lose in the playoffs again, but they gave us a proper run for it so must be
commended for that.”

“I think jay mccleverly is quality, but he’s never going to win the physical battle with smith. thought that was fairly key
myself.”

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