Sheffield United will make their recruitment and scouting policy crystal clear to any new manager at Bramall Lane, according to Nathan Hemmingham of Yorkshire Live.
The respected local Blades reporter was answering questions in his now weekly Q&A session for Yorks Live. This week, he was asked once more about the search for a new manager, the inclusion of youth players, and how the board see the future of the club.
Key to that is recruitment. It’s become abundantly clear in recent weeks that Chris Wilder and Prince Abdullah butted heads over signings. Indeed, it ultimately ended up with Wilder leaving his beloved Blades, among other reasons.
And when asked about the recruitment strategy going forward for United, Hemmingham stated his beliefs that any new manager will be working with a team, with plans clearly laid out.
“Players will be recommended to the manager and he will have to be open to a global dressing room. The board want to change the approach to transfers and, in particular, the main one being the signing of ‘under-valued’ players,” Hemmingham said.
“The board’s concern with the British market is that they feel players are ‘over-valued’. Think Sander Berge when it comes to recruitment in the future. Even though he cost £22m, there was a feeling he was always going to be worth more than that and only get better in a United shirt.
“I would be surprised if we saw too much of this at Championship level next season. I would expect this approach to recruitment to kick in if the club can return to the Premier League.”
The right approach to recruitment? Only time will tell
The word ‘recruitment’ seems to have been the buzzword of the United faithful in recent months. On one side, there’s no doubt that a number of Wilder’s signings haven’t gone to plan, especially in the Premier League.
On the reverse of that, there’s differing stories of Wilder missing out on his top targets. Prince Abdullah, meanwhile, claims the former Blades boss ignored recommendations on players.
Of course, we might never know who is right there but there is no doubt Abdullah wants to overhaul what he’s seen in the last 12-24 months.
The note about the Championship is interesting in this update. It does make sense, and it is likely United will seek expensive (ish) loan signings from the PL, or look to recruit the best from the league itself.
Time will tell with Prince Abdullah and his new vision for United. Everyone is willing to give him the chance, but any manager will be under immediate pressure. Especially so, if results go sour in the initial few months.