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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...


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Date:Saturday August 14 2010
Time: 7:23PM


nice to see he got plenty of time.
14/08/2010 19:35:00
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?
14/08/2010 19:49:00
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.
14/08/2010 19:58:00
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!!!
14/08/2010 20:13:00
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.
14/08/2010 20:18:00
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?
14/08/2010 20:24:00
..........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?????
14/08/2010 20:40:00
14/08/2010 20:49:00
i like speed and i think he could do a 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.
14/08/2010 21:05:00
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.
14/08/2010 21:27:00
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