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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.


"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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