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Blackwell to stay with Sheff Utd

Kevin Blackwell
Blackwell took over from Bryan Robson in February 2008

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has agreed to stay with the Championship side.

Blackwell had been considering his future following Monday's 1-0 play-off final defeat by Burnley.

But he told BBC Radio Sheffield: "The Chairman is very positive and up for the fight and wants me alongside him.

"The response from the fans has been incredible, I know they want me and that's a great feeling. It's up to me to try and get more new players in now.

Blackwell added: "I know there are maybe seven or eight new players to come in which is larger than I would have liked but that's the way it is."

Blades chairman Kevin McCabe said: "Defeat in the play-offs is cruel but the fight goes on and, like me, Kevin is up for the challenge.

"Kevin is motivated and is up for the task of getting the Blades promoted next season."

McCabe added: "The club, players and the fans all took a blow after the Burnley game. We had been there before and we did not want to see another defeat.

"Kevin is no different. He has taken this club forward on the playing side from a difficult position in the league the season before last to the edge of the play-offs.

"This season we have finished third in the league and narrowly missed out on automatic promotion.


"The club does lose its parachute payment for next season but we have built solid financial and off-the-field foundations at Bramall Lane which will enable us to compete.

"Our business model will enable us to invest not only at academy level, where we have seen young players like Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton evolve and come through to the first team, but also remain competitive in the transfer market.

"We have exciting plans to further enhance our stadium and most of all the backing of our supporters who have renewed their season tickets at an unprecedented level."

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see also
Montgomery extends Sheff Utd deal
26 May 09 |  Sheff Utd
Blackwell ponders Blades future
25 May 09 |  Sheff Utd
Burnley 1-0 Sheff Utd
25 May 09 |  Championship
Blackwell unhappy with final ref
21 May 09 |  Sheff Utd

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