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New coach looks ahead

5 June 2015

United's new first-team coach Dean Wilkins is backing boss Nigel Adkins to bring success to Bramall Lane, but says it won't be easy winning promotion back to the Championship next season.

Wilkins was part of Adkins's backroom staff at Southampton where the Saints won back-to-back promotions starting in League One, under the stewardship of the former Scunthorpe boss, who signed a three-year deal with United on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old remarked: "It has got to be a step-by-step progression, but we work well as a group and we will also put some processes in place to give the players that opportunity to progress from the Academy into the first-team.

"Promoting from within has worked successful for us as a management team previously and that is part of our DNA as a group of staff, so we have to make sure that works here too.

"Nigel will bring the whole Club together as one, you will feel part of it and equally as important as anyone else regardless of what department you work in, that's vitally important.

"He will take care of the overall objective of us trying to win promotion, whilst myself and Andy (Crosby) will work tirelessly with the players at our disposal to make them better on a daily basis, both collectively and individually.

"To be successful the players need an environment where they feel confident and able to flourish. That's what we believe works best and we want the players to express themselves both on and off the field."

Meanwhile, Wilkins, the younger brother of former England international Ray, is looking forward to meeting up with the Blades greatest ever player and Club Ambassador Tony Currie, having played with the United legend at QPR.

He added: "Personally, before we get started with the football, I am looking forward to seeing Tony Currie, who I had the privilege of playing with at QPR, albeit I was in the reserves.

"It will be fantastic to have a good catch up with him and I know how highly he is regarded at the Club."

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