Sheffield United: ‘Nigel can talk to the top names’

Kevin McCabe (right) says Nigel Adkins enjoys the respect of English football's leading names
Kevin McCabe (right) says Nigel Adkins enjoys the respect of English football's leading names

Kevin McCabe, Sheffield United’s co-owner, believes that appointing Nigel Adkins as manager will enable the League One club to punch above its weight in the transfer market.

Adkins, previously of Southampton, Reading and Scunthorpe, was last night applying the finishing touches to his recruitment plans with a centre-half and centre-forward known to feature on the 50-year-old’s wanted list.

McCabe, a driving force behind the decision to hire Adkins after parting company with Nigel Clough following May’s play-off semi-final defeat, said: “He’s worked at almost every level, including the top-flight, and that means Premier League managers know him personally and will take his call.

“That, combined with his ability, is going to be worth its weight in gold.”

Contrary to reports, United have yet to approach Leeds about the possibility of recruiting Billy Sharp. But, should the chance arise, sources close to all three parties involved believe Adkins would welcome the opportunity to hold exploratory talks with the former United striker.

“In the past, we’ve seen others in our division perform much better in the loan market, say, when it comes to bringing in young players from Premier League clubs,” McCabe added. “Of course, it’s better to make permanent (signings) and the focus will always be that.

Billy Sharp, in action for Leeds, has previously enjoyed two spells at Bramall Lane

Billy Sharp, in action for Leeds, has previously enjoyed two spells at Bramall Lane

“But it’s one area, because they trust his work, where Nigel will improve us.”

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Kevin McCabe with his fellow co-owner HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Abdulaziz Al Saud � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Kevin McCabe with his fellow co-owner HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Abdulaziz Al Saud � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins is an admirer of Billy Sharp's talents having worked with him at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins is an admirer of Billy Sharp's talents having worked with him at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading