Date: 14th August 2010 at 7:24pm
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Sheffield United have ‘parted company’ with Kevin Blackwell after today’s humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to QPR.

To many in the country it will seem premature, but United fans will know that this decision was made based upon much more than just the first three games of the season.

A successor will have the remaining weeks of August to finalise the squad, but anybody hoping for an overhaul will be left disappointed.

The decision to remove the coach after exactly 30 months in the job.

No doubt, a number of names will be thrown into the hat for the job, but Gary Speed is the one that will stick out to many as a potential successor.

The big question will be over the timing, when a decision could have been made at the start of the summer.

More to follow…



68 Replies to “Sackwell!”

  • Well, that came as a surprise! I did wonder what McCabe & Birch would do after 10 games if things weren’t going well, but TWO league games?? Clearly lots of things happening behind the scenes must have prompted this. Reducing the wage budget by half must have put a huge strain on the relationship, and of course the infamous Blades fans didnt like him. Bringing in frees and loans and still talking about challenging for promotion was clearly unrealistic, but the clearest sign from McCabe & Birch that things were going to change was their refusal to let Swans talk to Speed. He will probably now be favourite to take over. He’s here, he’s cheap and most important of all the fans like him, despite the fact that he has no experience whatsoever. I really hope we are not tempted to take the easy route on this one. We need an experienced manager at Championship level, personally my favourite would be the guy just up the road, but could he handle the pressure?

  • Having wanted him out the whole time now I feel a little bit lost that he’s actually gone. what’s next? In fairness, Blackwell’s not the best manager but still did a great job with the limited resources (and intelligence) he had. We do have to thank him for saving us from Robson and all that but it’s also time to move on. The board obviously had this in mind for quite a while thus Blackie’s not allowed to spend a penny and Speed wasn’t allowed to speak to Swans. Also I wouldn’t blame everything solely on Blackwell, I believe that McCabe needs to go too. Heard that a Maltese businessman will take over by next week and he wants Brown or Warnock as our manager. Warnock won’t come and I really don’t want Brown. Also, I can see Speed doing a McCall and leaves for some League One team after failing to get the job.

  • come on get in now we can move on!!! this is a great result and will see many fans come back now blackwell has gone….THERE’S ONLY 1 MARTIN ONEIL!!!

  • Heard it on Radio 5 around Birmingham, couldnt believe it. TWO games? Must be a great deal more to this than one bad result. Lots of things fall into place now, Speed not allowed to talk to Swansea, Blackwells outbursts, players missed out on – Conolloy, Bruce that we know of – the usual hatred from Blades fans, budget reduced by half. Speed will be the fans favourite, but I am with Bilbo, Shawn O’Driscol for me. Problem is his persona as the front man, and as soon as the knowledgeable Kopites start to get upset with him he will be off.

  • So Gleadless, & BFL you were confirmed Blackwell haters, who do you want to replace him? Ignoring BFL’s usual ridiculous fantasy of O’Neil, Erickson, etc, can we look beyond Speed?

  • ……….unless the rumoured Far East “Interest” has more to it than we know, and the new investor(s) have insisted on a high profile manager – eg Martin O’Neil – who has been tapped up, resigned from Villa awaiting Blackie to vacate before being announced as the new manager of SUFC!!! Couldn’t happen….could it?????


  • i like speed and i think he could do a job…but…is he the right man for the job NOW? does he have what it takes technacially and emotionally? most important the owners need a manager that they trust…obviuslly they didn’t trust blackwell would they trust speed (blackies apprentice)…i like speed but to be fair i think it’s too much for him too early. If he doesn’t get the job he will be off lets be fair he has only stopped around becuse he knew this was going to happen sooner than later. spedo is by far the favourite and the cheap option….BUT…..So was blackwell 2.5 years ago and look where that got us. The chairman needs to think where he wants the club to be then when he’s made his mind up he needs to appoint a manger to meet those ambitions accordingly. Lets look at this logically o’neil is well well out of the running…but…..the club could make a massive step forward here and turn a very dark and gloomy corner. If and it’s a massive if glouc before you start rambling…..If the club appoints o’neil as manager what sort of reaction would that send out to the footballing world, the press interest, player interest, player pulling power, assistant manager interest…but more importantly the fans interest. O’Neil as manager would put 10,000 extras on the gate and would generate a huge buzz around the club. This appointment gHAS to be right this time for the clubs future and to reamin an excellent fan base…otherise it’s all going to go pare shaped very very soon. By going on todays performance nothing has changed and it was relegation dog fodder.

  • we need to be ambitious in our next appointment!!! o’neil & curbishly are my 2 favoured appointments followed by the realistic appointment of o’driscoll.

  • What a joke….having sold £33m worth of talent since our relegation and having took the west ham and parachute money we have a squad which is not worthy of calling itself a championship side. I have afforded Blackwell alot of patience during his reign and have longed for a change in manager. However, i do question who could manage the excuse for a team that we currently have. The blame lies solely with the board for me. If you dont want him or think he’s not good enough then dont let him waste the excuse of a budget that we have. Its just plain embarrasing sacking him after 2 games. Then they have the cheek of saying that we (the fans) are the reason why we cant afford any players! More of us need to buy season tickets so we can afford the wages of 2nd rate players. They have got everything they deserve. Keep selling the players and eventually you will end up in league1. By the way, get real on getting any ‘name’ on the manager front, we cant afford any players let alone enticing a manager from any club. Fast losing interest and its gimps like me that keep this club going. Today was a disgrace and not one of them deserve their wages.

  • And the dirty piggies return to see what the big brother is doing again….hows it going down there in the 3rd division you set of inbreads??…..furthermore to the manager name – we have to be realistic and like the mass majority of blades fans o’driscoll for me has to be the man to come in and save us…..fact is we will be one of the best footballing sides in the division within 6 months…lets be fair with all the problems a good maned manager is not of a radar…..look at peter reid managing in the lower leagues!!!! even wendy managed to get irvin who granted isn’t a big name but still a dam good experienced manager at the level they are at. O’DRISCOLL FITS THE BILL FOR ME AND SOMEONE IV’E PINNED FOR TO COME TO THE LANE FOR THE LAST 18 MONTHS. Will we go in for him?? will little old donny try and price us out??….we can guarantee that donny won’t want to let him go and will try every trick in the book to keep him but it’s up to the big wiggs (apparentely life long blades fans)….and the clubs officials to get the right man now…warnock took us as far as he could and we thank him…nobson was a silly appointment and blackwell was a quick, cheap and very easy appointment…this one has to be right i carn’t stress that enough.

  • could we lure billy davis away from forest? something just doesn’t seem right with him there at the moment and it’s been doccumented that he’s not happy…2 back to back defeats for them too so him might be under some pressure. My mate says that o’driscolls contract runs out in the summer…is this true anyone??

  • Curbushley, the manager of WHU who had Tevez in his team, whose beloved club were taken to the cleaners by McCabe, the same Curbushley who slagged Sheffield United off on TV and in the press? Curbushley who thinks the M1 ends at Luton? Stop and think bfl.

  • Yes, bfl, we are in the third division, and as I type only eight places or so below you in the second. We may be even closer together after the Wh*te Sh*te and Forest have played. Did you boo whilst clapping today?

  • I think we need to take a little time over the appointment rather than panic and make another poor snap decision (Robson) or go for the cheap option (Blackwell). I’d personally like to see Speed be given the job on a temporary basis. Give him until Xmas and see how he’s doing. If it doesn’t work than look to O’Drisscoll for me.The problem for the incoming manager is the fact that Blackwell has filled our squad with average League 1 players – Andy Taylor, Ryan France and even Monty and Quinn on today’s performance.

  • Welcome back, Auckland, you were noticably absent from our page last season, why was that I wonder? We all missed your sharp wit and stunning repartee, you are obviously feeling much more confident about your team now that you have put the giants of Dagenham and Roadbridge to the sword, and earned a great away point at Colchester.

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