Blackwell glad of Sharp snub
Kevin Blackwell has welcomed Billy Sharp's decision to turn down a move to Championship rivals Burnley.
Last Updated: 29/06/10 9:41pm
Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has welcomed striker Billy Sharp's decision to turn down a move to Championship rivals Burnley.
Burnley had an undisclosed offer for Sharp accepted by the Blades as they plan for life following relegation from the Premier League.
Sharp's future has been the subject of conjecture after he spent last season on loan at Doncaster, but he will not be heading to Turf Moor.
Blackwell said: "Burnley made an acceptable offer but the move didn't seem quite right to Billy.
"He's a great lad and playing for the Blades means so much to him but that desire to succeed for his hometown club can be a bit of a burden for him to carry at times because everyone knows he wants to do well here.
"No manager likes to lose good players and if he does decide to stay he can only make our squad stronger in a tough and unrelenting division in which quality and strength in depth count for so much."
Burnley boss Brian Laws confirmed he held talks with Sharp while he was quick to talk up the quality of his current striking contingent.
"I know Billy Sharp is one player who has been in the mix but we are considering all options," said Laws.
"We are not confirming anything one way or another, other than to say he is one of a number of players we have talked to.
"But I am not going to dismiss the fact we have already got four quality strikers who are all proven in the Championship.
"In Jay Rodriguez we have a player who I think could blossom this year. He's one I am looking forward to seeing push harder towards the team."