Sheffield United down and now needs management – the Blades’ dissected fall Football news
Everyone wants to rule the world with Molineux’s latest whistle and for a drunken time Sheffield United probably felt that way.
The Wolves barely showed their teeth on the way to the victory that sent them to the Blades Championship a year after filling the Champions League, but summed up the grim season with only 18 seconds to go between a goal by Enda Stevens and a winner, Willian Jose.
“No one can fail the effort,” said goalkeeper Paul Heckingbottom, and after a few weeks of angry lead body horns, headaches and square passes, they couldn’t fail here, however, the chances were wasted, mistakes punished and quality has been missing. it really left a familiar feeling with the subject.
There was symbolism in the void of the scene, it was just a gift to see the melancholy melody that had seen such an intense difference last season when Oliver Norwood silently leaned into the meadow.
Six games are just as amazing for the fans to last a season, as the last one was wonderful, and the final whistle can’t come fast enough.
From a wonderful ninth-place finish last year to the oldest drop in Premier League history and the wounds left by Chris Wilder’s sharp start, it has been a shock of painful proportions after the shutdown horrible dose.
Derby can at least save that record.
Sheffield United were reportedly not here early.
In the three seasons of the “Living the Dream” fan, he made two promotions as a club with too much time and lack of investment outside of the sleepy state.
They were themselves, against football and financial logic, and he was enchanting: the galloping central defender, Bramall Lane’s strong crowd, their fearless manager, joined the professional career of the players who dragged him from being out of the league. new heights.
Theirs was a story that gave hope to dreamers. Even if the over-achievement distorted reality, the memories will be vivid.
They climbed to sixth after finishing in the final game before blocking, with Billy Sharp winning by 31,000 at Bramall Lane. Then, just as Liverpool could take on the same devotion between fans, players and the coach, they will suffer a spectacular drop in light form in soulless stadiums.
There was optimism before the second term, if realism, after the vacuum stupidity of their excessive achievement. The summer transfers injected youth and athletics, with the exception of proven performers who wanted Wilder to seek to break the pay ceiling, and rewarded players with experience in helping them deliver new contracts.
But in pre-season rush in Scotland, where a game was abandoned in the middle of the rain due to heavy rain, it felt prophetic to look back. Storm clouds never rose.
Wilder missed the most important players from his fine line as a result of international duty in preparation for a short time and showed up in the opening game, where two goals were scored within a rough first six minutes.
A week later, John Egan was definitely sent to Aston Villa the same afternoon he saw that John Lundstram had saved the penalty. Patrick Bamford was soon to dominate the game but they were well known in the game of wasters. Smaller margins grow smaller. Slender victories turned into light defeats. Suddenly, they were spiraling into Sheffield United.
He didn’t score as many promotions in Premier League history as he did in the last term, but Jack O’Connell, Egan and Chris Basham would only play 83 minutes in the entire season.
O’Connell’s injury, which returned to his previous tenure, was an essential component of United’s attacking and defensive style. Wilder’s loss is “greater than” [Liverpool losing] Virgil van Dijk, “and no one was able to repeat the progressive passage that came with air skills.
Behind the back line, Aaron Ramsdale struggled desperately at first, though not close to the kind of protection offered to Dean Henderson. He encountered significantly more shots and higher quality as his teammates became more and more passive, winning the ball less on the field, giving their opponents more time and space to attack.
Further injuries to John Fleck and Sander Berge exacerbated the disruption dynamic. Burnley’s only Sean Dyche did just that last season with fewer changes than Wilder’s 51 last season. This number is 82. Connections could only be made by blinking. Long-rehearsed game models felt compelled.
There are significant flaws in the numbers. They have scored 56 goals and scored 17 small ones, only 10 of the open play. But the data will never reach the fragile corners of the human psyche. He cannot quantify trust or consider wrong decisions.
There were some wonderful performances against Liverpool and Manchester City, kind of suggesting that the results would change but still the shots were coming. Jamie Vardy’s former Leicester winner saw Wilder kneeling on the touch line and it was an image that was hard to shake.
They had to wait until the 18th game of the season for their first win of the league. By then, the broken relationship between the director of Prince Abdullah and the owner was unresolved. The Saudi said In a Sky Sports News interview Wilder wanted to resign twice before going “by mutual agreement” last month. The manager, who felt his duties changed more and more and his authority weakened, knew that the work dynamics were unbearable.
Heckingbottom has had a tremendous challenge, but the team doesn’t look like a rudder for the most part and has felt uneasy off the field.
Wilder was surprised to help the U23 coach brought to the club by Jason Tindall. The former manager’s back-to-back team had to do office-based workouts before the departures and assistant Alan Knill is still at the club but in the shadows. In the meeting room, the president of Prince Musaad, despite his limited public presence, has left the club for what he says are “personal reasons”.
Heckingbottom’s leadership is expected to be short on the list of potential candidates working with the Bramall Lane hierarchy, including Alexander Blessin Oostenden.
Replacing Wilder is a daunting task. It’s easy to fall in love with a winning team but the feelings were deeper; this was the first love that was rekindled, with unspoken understanding and shared rituals. Beyond the feeling, the club has functioned fully in its perspective, with recruitment based on its system.
Prudence is the patient approach to a specific appointment for Prince Abdullah. At the last moment, Bryan Robson’s reign is warning enough. But at least because of Wilder’s inevitable summer outing, when the curtain fell on a crushing campaign, the club needs to know and communicate where it’s going; who wants to be.
There’s an irony that Norwich – who lost their last 10 jobs in their doomed campaign but have long been planning for the next term – returned to the Premier League in their first attempt at relegation at Sheffield United.
A quarter of the sides who have relegated from the Premier League have retreated, but continuity and clarity are often the keys. Daniel Farke did major business early last summer, retained major performers like Emi Buendia, Max Aarons and Teemu Pukki and tried to add psychologically uncharged players with the decline.
It can also be learned from Carrow Road in terms of lesson infrastructure and strategic investments.
“Football is an infinite game,” said Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber Financial Times after falling. “People” Why do you spend £ 2 million on a gym? Spending on a striker means you have more chances to win next week. ”You probably … [facilities will] Train more strikers who can buy £ 2 million. In 15 years, you will look back and think ‘we brought 30 players from here’ ”.
Burnley, another club that stuck to its plan, spent £ 10.6 million after returning to the main flight at Barnfield Training Center. On the contrary, Wilder’s lack of off-field progress was a source of great frustration, as it improved training ground improvements and the state of the First Category academy long before the pandemic.
The document, which reported Wilder’s departure, spoke of “intentions to keep the core of the player team together and continue to invest more in academia and the first team.” Followers want to see intentions that match the actions.
The team will have to make a remake at the end of the era, but Wilder thought there was no reason to sell and Heckingbottom would probably think when he repeated “keeping the players together” as he would have thought in Egan, O’Connell and Berge.
Phil Jagielka, Jack Rodwell and Lundstram are out of contract and while there will be doubts about whether names like Stevens, Norwood and Fleck can go again, they have Championship genealogy, like Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie, two misfires of strikers who are still studying. Antwoine Hackford and Iliman Ndiaye Academy’s predictions have kicked off the senior seasons of the season and offered a look into the future.
The recently released accounts have earned £ 17.5 million, despite the destruction of coronaviruses at many clubs. While salaries in the Premier League rose to 78 million euros, the ratio between turnover and salaries was modest at 54 per cent. The loss of broadcast revenue will be alleviated by at least parachute payments and it is understood that the fall clauses will reduce the salary by 50 per cent for various players.
The fall isn’t as embarrassing as it should be a year later, due to the dire and unfortunate circumstances of Wilder’s early departure. The players who pushed the club to that level need to be remembered for doing that. But as Heckingbottom told the Molineux media, “Clarity is important.”
The actual width is in the answer. The challenge now is to refocus the minds, rejuvenate the bodies, and, for all those who have become accustomed to starvation, to avoid the most dangerous opponent of apathy, when the game has been behind television screens for a long time.
Sheffield United are wrong, but the healing process can only begin when the new direction becomes clear.