It's enough to turn Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to drink as big name players like Gerrard cherry-pick job market

It's enough to turn Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to drink as big name players like Gerrard cherry-pick job market

MAKING a name for yourself as a player is difficult enough. Becoming a respected manager arguably even more so. Which is why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder must privately have a wry smile at some of the big-name newcomers who project image over substance to cherry-pick the job market.

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Ex-Blade Neill Collins recalls how Nigel Clough almost ended his career at Sheffield United and the defender, now at Tampa Bay Rowdies, still doesn't know why

Ex-Blade Neill Collins recalls how Nigel Clough almost ended his career at Sheffield United and the defender, now at Tampa Bay Rowdies, still doesn't know why

NIGEL CLOUGH returns to Bramall Lane with struggling Burton Albion. But two-and-a-half years on since the former Sheffield United manager tried to put an end to ever-present defender Neill Collins' career in a Blades shirt, the Scot still has no explanation as to why. Collins, now at Tampa Bay Rowdies, recalls the nightmare from which he eventually emerged to re-establish his career with the club he still loves.

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Wilder and Sharp derby winners for me says former Sheffield United defender Neill Collins

Wilder and Sharp derby winners for me says former Sheffield United defender Neill Collins

NEILL COLLINS will never forget his debut for Sheffield United, in a Steel City derby win at Hillsborough. He played in the last one, too. The former Blades defender remains an avid follower from his Florida home after quitting Bramall Lane for Tampa Bay Rowdies last year. He also writes a fascinating blog. His latest post? Behind enemy lines.

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Neill Collins on why ex-Blade Maguire is set for very top as defender faces biggest test in Hull City shirt

Neill Collins on why ex-Blade Maguire is set for very top as defender faces biggest test in Hull City shirt

HARRY MAGUIRE has been receiving extraordinary praise from all quarters moving former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown to describe the ex-Sheffield United centre-half as "awesome". Neill Collins, who played alongside Maguire at Bramall Lane before the 23-year-old's £2.5million move to Hull City, knows him better than most and isn't in the least surprised.

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Ex-Shefield United defender Neill Collins makes impressive start to new career with North American Soccer League club Tampa Bay Rowdies

Ex-Shefield United defender Neill Collins makes impressive start to new career with North American Soccer League club Tampa Bay Rowdies

EXCLUSIVE – PART TWO: Neill Collins hasn't wasted any time in order to make a big impression after leaving Sheffield United last month. He has been picked in the North American Soccer League's team of the week following his weekend performance for Tampa Bay Rowdies at Miami FC.

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EXCLUSIVE: True Blade Neill Collins on why he thinks Sheffield United have spent so long in League One

EXCLUSIVE: True Blade Neill Collins on why he thinks Sheffield United have spent so long in League One

EXCLUSIVE – PART ONE: Neill Collins talks candidly about Sheffield United's failure to escape the clutches of League One football for what now looks like a fifth successive year. A fascinating insight from the 32-year-old defender who is now forging a new career in America with Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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Sheffield United defender Neill Collins breaks down in front of local media which is shamed after defender delivers a heartfelt home truth

Sheffield United defender Neill Collins breaks down in front of local media which is shamed after defender delivers a heartfelt home truth

SHEFFIELD'S local media stands embarrassed and shamed after emotional Blades defender Neill Collins delivered a devastating home truth following his late Capital One Cup winner at Morecambe. Almost needless to say the real story received hardly a mention.

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Outcast Neill Collins to play key role in Adkins' plans as new Sheffield United manager impresses Blades fans at the Lane

Outcast Neill Collins to play key role in Adkins' plans as new Sheffield United manager impresses Blades fans at the Lane

NEILL COLLINS is set to play a key role in the forthcoming promotion campaign. Chris Basham is preferred as a midfield driving force and the fitness of the returning squad was disappointing. Sheffield United manager  Nigel Adkins revealed this and more in a chat with Blades fans at the Lane.

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