Sheffield United: Blades must be united in name and nature Crosby warns

Andy Crosby puts Sheffield United's players through their paces � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Andy Crosby puts Sheffield United's players through their paces � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

If, and it remains if, Sheffield United claw themselves out of League One this season then it will be because everybody associated with the club has played their part, writes James Shield.

That is the verdict of Andy Crosby who, after being unveiled as manager Nigel Adkins’ assistant during May’s changing of the guard, is now among the most influential figures at Bramall Lane.

“We will try to do our bit,” Crosby told The Star. “But the same has to go for every member of staff, player and supporter.

“It’s got to be one step at a time. We know where we want to get to but we can’t take one giant leap straight away.”

Crosby, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s opening fixture against Gillingham, was referring to claims that United’s hierarchy wants Adkins to replicate his success at Southampton where he delivered two promotions in as many years.

The footballing landscape has changed dramatically since Adkins achieved that feat three years ago. Not least because of changes to the parachute payments system.

But Crosby, who together with United’s first team coach Dean Wilkins was also part of his backroom staff at St Mary’s, does not shy away from the fact they want a Championship place next term.

“Our first goal is success this season. It won’t be given to us just because we’ve done it before.

“We know what it takes and that’s hard work and commitment from every single person. Experience can help. We’ve seen what momentum can do.

“Equally, we’ve seen the other side of it. You can draw on all of that, definitely, but it doesn’t provide a guarantee.”

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