Sheffield United: Neil Warnock and the seven men who followed him to United hotseat

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Whoever succeeds Nigel Clough as manager of Sheffield United will become the club’s eighth boss in just eight years.

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Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock

The sacking of Clough on Monday saw the continuation of the relatively turbulent period for the Blades hotseat, following Neil Warnock’s departure in May 2007.

Since that time, seven men have come and gone, all failing to emulate Warnock’s success despite several near-misses.

Those seven men totalled a combined 2,823 days in charge of United, just 101 days more than Warnock’s own spell lasted.

Here, we look at the highs and lows of each, starting with Warnock himself.

Bryan Robson

Bryan Robson


Appointed: December 2, 1999

Left: May 16, 2007

Duration: 2,722 days (seven years, five months, 14 days)

Kevin Blackwell

Kevin Blackwell

Highest league position reached: 7th Premier League

Position on departure: Relegated from Premier League after 18th placed finish

Record: P388 W165 (42%) D100 L123 (32%)

Notable achievements: Led Blades to League Cup and FA Cup semi-finals in 2002/03 season plus Division One play-off final. Five top half finishes in second tier in seven seasons. Promotion to the Premier League in 2006. Steel City derby double over Wednesday in 2005/06 season. Lost just one league game to Owls.

Gary Speed

Gary Speed


Appointed: May 22, 2007

Left: February 14, 2008

Duration: 269 days

Highest league position reached: 8th Championship

Position on departure: 14th Championship

Micky Adams

Micky Adams

Record: P38 W14 (36%) D12 L12 (32%)

Notable achievements: Won just nine points in first ten matches. Played down importance of Steel City derby at Hillsborough - United lost. Criticised fans after goalless draw with Scunthorpe. Was offered ‘head of football’ role but turned it down which led to departure.


Appointed: February 14, 2008

Left: August 14, 2010

Duration: 913 days (two years, six months)

Highest league position reached: 2nd Championship

Position on departure: 12th Championship

Record: P125 W53 (42%) D36 L36 (29%)

Notable achievements: Took Blades to Championship play-off final in 2008/09 season. Suffered double defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in 2008/09 season.


Appointed: August 17, 2010

Left: December 14, 2010

Duration: 120 days

Highest league position reached: 14th Championship

Position on departure: 20th Championship

Record: P18 W6 (33%) D3 L9 (50%)

Notable achievements: Left to take over as Wales manager


Appointed: December 30, 2010

Left: May 12, 2011

Duration: 133 days

Highest league position reached: 21st Championship

Position on departure: Relegated to League One having finished 23rd in Championship

Record: P24 W4 (17%) D5 L15 (62%)

Notable achievements: Left Port Vale to join boyhood club United. Failed to win any of first 11 games in charge. Three months before first win. Blades relegated to League One.


Appointed: May 27, 2011

Left: April 10, 2013

Duration: 685 days (one year, ten months, 14 days)

Highest league position reached: 1st League One

Position on departure: 5th League One

Record: P106 W55 (52%) D31 L20 (19%)

Notable achievements: Appointment met with protests by Blades fans due to Sheffield Wednesday link. Won 90 points in first season in charge but missed out on automatic promotion to neighbours Wednesday. Lost in League One play-off final in 2011/12 season. Embarked on 19 game unbeaten run in 2012/13 season. Sacked with Blades fifth in League One after run of two wins in eight.


Appointed: June 10, 2013

Left: October 11, 2013

Duration: 124 days

Highest league position reached: 16th League One

Position on departure: 21st League One

Record: P13 W1 (8%) D3 L9 (69%)

Notable achievements: Won first game in charge but failed to win again as Blades boss. Dumped out of Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by League Two Hartlepool United.


Appointed: October 23, 2013

Left: May 25, 2015

Duration: 579 days (one year, seven months, two days)

Highest league position reached: 5th League One

Position on departure: 5th in League One, lost in semi-finals of play-offs

Record: P109 W49 (45%) D30 L25 (22%)

Notable achievements: Reached semi-finals of Capital One Cup in 2013/14 season. Reached semi-finals of FA Cup in 2014/15 season. Beat five Premier League clubs in cup competition. Guided club out of relegation zone to a seventh placed finish in 2013/14 season. Failed to reach any higher than fifth in League One in 2014/15 season.

Note: Highest league position reached does not account for first three games of any season.

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