Hostile reception awaits ex-Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins as he returns to scene of the crime at Bramall Lane with Hull City

Hostile reception awaits ex-Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins as he returns to scene of the crime at Bramall Lane with Hull City

NIGEL ADKINS tonight returns to Bramall Lane for the first time since being axed in 2016 and leaving Sheffield United in a shambolic state on and off the pitch, His Hull City team, expected to include former United goalkeeper George Long, face the Blades in the first round of the Carabao Cup. The wounds Adkins inflicted are still raw and he can expect a hostile reception.

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I won't gamble with Blades cash says boss Chris Wilder but he admits it's time to 'up our game'

I won't gamble with Blades cash says boss Chris Wilder but he admits it's time to 'up our game'

CHRIS WILDER admits it's time for Sheffield United to "up our game" in the transfer market with less than two weeks to go before kick-off. But despite having only one player with current Championship experience in his squad, the Blades boss is adamant he won't be gambling with the kitty even if, as expected, some of the £4.5million windfall following ex-Blade Kyle Walker's transfer to Manchester City, is released to recruit more players.

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End of the road for ousted Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long?

End of the road for ousted Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long?

GEORGE LONG'S career at Bramall Lane could be over unless the ousted Sheffield United goalkeeper is prepared to sit on the bench. The arrival of £500,000 signing Simon Moore from Cardiff City comes only two months after Long agreed a new two-year deal expecting to remain the Blades No1. But events have forced manager Chris Wilder's hand.

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Long and short of it: Goalkeeper George Long's lack of ambition is gain for Sheffield United as new boss Chris Wilder plans great escape from League One

Long and short of it: Goalkeeper George Long's lack of ambition is gain for Sheffield United as new boss Chris Wilder plans great escape from League One

GEORGE LONG has finally agreed to a new two-year deal despite a pay revision that is less than what was originally offered under former manager Nigel Adkins. But what does it say about Sheffield United's 22-year-old goalkeeper? Club loyalty or a lack of belief and ambition?

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Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long told to 'take it or leave it' by tough-talking new Blades boss Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long told to 'take it or leave it' by tough-talking new Blades boss Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane

TOUGH-TALKING boss Chris Wilder is prepared to lose Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long in a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum. The player delayed accepting a new contract following the sacking of former manager Nigel Adkins. Now it's make your mind up time and Wilder is not willing to negotiate

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