KEITH EDWARDS remains one of Sheffield United’s biggest critics this season and he didn’t hold back on the latest episode of Sheffield Live! TV’s sports show which you can watch both parts below.
The former Blades striker who now co-commentates on United for BBC Radio Sheffield, said of the club’s faltering season: “If we had kept Danny Wilson I don’t think we would be any worse of. If we had kept Micky Adams I think we would be where we are now.”
But like ViewFromTheJohn Street.Com he had no such thoughts about Nigel Clough. Prompted by programme host Alan Biggs, the Sheffield-based journalist and broadcaster who believes Clough did not deserve to be sacked last May, Edwards said: “ I think his style of football was poor.
“It bored me. And yes you mention the semi-finals and yes we went down to QPR and won 3-0 and we went down to West Ham but we also got beaten at home to teams like Fleetwood and Shrewsbury. That’s not good enough. That doesn’t get you promotion.
“Priority wasn’t the cups, priority was the league. Be consistent, beat teams fairly easily at home and get promotion.”
As for Clough’s successor, Nigel Adkins, Edwards voiced the opinion of many Unitedites who believe the team lack pace and a goal threat from a midfield reluctant to get behind defenders. Something, coincidentally, that is a hangover from last season.
The entertainment value has been pretty basic,” he said. “We have the biggest squad in that division we just haven’t signed the right players prior to him coming.”
Edwards,interviewed before the 2-0 home defeat to Wigan, observed: “He has to be given time to prove himself. You’ve still got to question some of the players who have come in because we’re not producing it week in, week out. We’re not in the top six so there’s a question mark over him. But that doesn’t mean we change the manager. Give him some more time to change that around.”
Edwards acknowledged the anxiety around Bramall Lane. “It’s a tad frustrating when you look at the teams at the top such as Burton, Gillingham and teams like that. We should be above them but we have to produce it. We’ve got the biggest squad. Whether we have the best players or not I’m not sure.”