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Blackwell signs Blades extension

Kevin Blackwell
Blackwell has previously had spells as manager of Leeds and Luton

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Bramall Lane until 2012.

Blackwell, 49, was appointed Blades boss in February following the departure of Bryan Robson.

He previously had a spell as number two to Neil Warnock before leaving to take up a coaching role at Leeds in 2003 - where he later became manager.

"This is a pleasant surprise and I feel honoured to be here," Blackwell said.

" I think this shows that the chairman wants stability and believes in the job I'm trying to do.

"It could take us a few years to achieve what we want to but I'm pleased the board have faith in me to be able to do it," Blackwell added.

Blades director Terry Robinson said: "Kevin is a breath of fresh air to the club. He has a plan which he has put in place and the club is going to grow.

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"We know he is going to achieve the goal we are all aiming for and he has the full backing of the Sheffield United board and plc."



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Blackwell in for Robson at Blades
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