Sheffield United find themselves at the bottom of the Premier league, having secured only one point from the first seven fixtures. And the upcoming fixtures against Manchester United, Arsenal and Brighton in the next five games don’t instill much hope among fans.
As the pressure mounts on Paul Heckingbottom, he is currently the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to face the sack.
But speaking on the BBC’s Football News Show, Blades legend Michael Brown has criticised those advocating the sacking of Heckingbottom and urged supporters to have faith in the manager.
“Let’s be honest, we knew the three teams were going to struggle and that it wasn’t going to be easy. It felt like Burnley were the ones who would probably do a little bit better straight away,” Brown remarked.
After Burnley edged out a 2-1 win over Luton Town on Tuesday evening, the Blades are now the only team without a win in the league.
Brown added: “Sheffield United were late to the party with regards to their transfers and recruitment and Luton have done remarkable to be anywhere near it. He’s done remarkable Paul Heckingbottom. I really respect what he’s done but ultimately you have to get results at some point.”
The comments from the ex-midfielder follows Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie dismissing the notion that players’ performances are a result of Heckingbottom’s incapabilities.
McBurnie previously said: “The things the gaffer has done and the way that he goes about his business and what he’s done with us… If you look at his win ratio and where he’s taken us from with what he’s had, I don’t think there are many people in the country who could have done that. The boys are one million per cent behind him; I’m one million per cent behind him. He’s top class.” [BBC]