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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Boss Wilder's zero tolerance policy at Sheffield United breath of fresh air; a taste of Marmite at Hull City as Adkins returns; Owls fan Michael Vaughan's own goal; Gerrard's Liverpool Kop out

Boss Wilder's zero tolerance policy at Sheffield United breath of fresh air; a taste of Marmite at Hull City as Adkins returns; Owls fan Michael Vaughan's own goal; Gerrard's Liverpool Kop out

CHRIS WILDER'S policy of zero tolerance at Bramall Lane when it comes to cheating is a breath of fresh air in what has become a cynical game. Sheffield-born former Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin, playing for Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield, became the latest player to court controversy.

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Ex-Sheffield United defender John Brayford victim of crazy days at Bramall Lane and Burton boss Nigel Clough has had last laugh

Ex-Sheffield United defender John Brayford victim of crazy days at Bramall Lane and Burton boss Nigel Clough has had last laugh

JOHN BRAYFORD'S departure from Bramall Lane almost went unnoticed. The player who quickly established a great rapport with Sheffield United fans despite a loss of form, was ultimately victim to politics and past profligacy at the club.  As irony would have it ex-Blades boss Nigel Clough has had the last laugh.

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Blades striker Sharp's revealing insight into life at Bramall Lane

Blades striker Sharp's revealing insight into life at Bramall Lane

BILLY SHARP leads by example and doesn't mince his words. This week the Sheffield United striker offered a revealing insight into life at Bramall Lane. The born-and-bred Blades fan also recalls the moment when he briefly considered an offer from Sheffield Wednesday before rejoining United and talks about the new discipline he has adopted since becoming team captain.

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Sheffield United chief Kevin McCabe delivers damning verdict on Adkins' judgment which leaves Blades manager hanging by a thread at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United chief Kevin McCabe delivers damning verdict on Adkins' judgment which leaves Blades manager hanging by a thread at Bramall Lane

NIGEL ADKINS is becoming an increasingly isolated figure after damning comments by co-owner Kevin McCabe on the manager's player recruitment. Resulting in failure to escape League One for a fifth year. And he supports Adkins! Partner Prince Abdullah wants change. Crowd reaction in the final match of the season at Bramall Lane could have a big part to play.

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DECISION TIME: Tough call for split Blades bosses as manager Adkins waits for green light

DECISION TIME: Tough call for split Blades bosses as manager Adkins waits for green light

SHEFFIELD UNITED are staring at season No6 in League One. Now a split Blades Board have to make the biggest decision they are ever likely to face. To keep faith with manager Nigel Adkins or look elsewhere. They've been here before but this time they can't afford to get it wrong.

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Elephant sitting in Sheffield United's boardroom at Bramall Lane is set to cause tremors

Elephant sitting in Sheffield United's boardroom at Bramall Lane is set to cause tremors

AN ELEPHANT is sitting in the boardroom as Sheffield United look destined, barring an extraordinary turnaround, to spend a sixth successive season in League One. The implications of promotion failure are much greater this time and are causing tremors in S2. Anxious owners have all but conceded the season is over by cutting ticket prices and launching a charm offensive.

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No more Mr Nice Guy as Blades boss gives notice of clearout at Bramall Lane

No more Mr Nice Guy as Blades boss gives notice of clearout at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED rolled over and died for the visit of former manager Nigel Clough's League One leaders Burton Albion. It was the straw that broke the camels back for Blades boss Nigel Adkins who discarded his golden rule and was openly critical of the players. Now he's waiting for a response but don't hold your breath.

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Nigel Clough's return to Bramall Lane with high-flying Burton Albion puts Sheffield United chiefs back under the spotlight

Nigel Clough's return to Bramall Lane with high-flying Burton Albion puts Sheffield United chiefs back under the spotlight

NIGEL CLOUGH'S return to Bramall Lane with high-flying Burton Albion nine months after he was sacked adds spice to a match Sheffield United must win. It also puts those who took the decision to sack Clough back under the spotlight when you compare what a club like the Brewers have achieved whilst United have remained stuck in a rut.

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Sheffield United fans' anger spells trouble for top brass at Lane

Sheffield United fans' anger spells trouble for top brass at Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED'S fans' frustration boiled over during a 2-0 defeat at Rochdale as a minority fought and argued with themselves and battled with stewards. Manager Nigel Adkins' 'United together' campaign is the latest of his plans to unravel. Only a dramatic upturn of form can turn a tide of growing unrest.

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Blades boss scapegoat for owners' unrest and shameless players who have betrayed his trust

Blades boss scapegoat for owners' unrest and shameless players who have betrayed his trust

DEFEAT at Bury and an abysmal performance which Jose Baxter apologised for on behalf of his teammates, has drawn heavy criticism for Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins. But he is caught in the middle of behind-the-scenes boardroom unrest and failing players who no longer can be trusted.

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Adkins lets slip division at Bramall Lane that is putting promotion hopes at risk

Adkins lets slip division at Bramall Lane that is putting promotion hopes at risk

NIGEL ADKINS uncharacteristically dodged two vital questions posed to him which suggests all is not what it might appear behind the scenes at Bramall Lane. It is far from satisfactory on the field either as he volunteered that Sheffield United's automatic promotion hopes are all but over.

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