Goals on Sunday: Danny Wilson talks Sheffield United and Newport

Last Updated: 04/08/13 4:48pm

Danny Wilson discussed his stint in the Sheffield United hot-seat when he guested on the first Goals on Sunday of the season.

The former Sheffield Wednesday manager took charge of the Blades in 2011 and guided them to the League One play-off final the following summer, where they agonisingly lost on penalties to Huddersfield.

Wilson remained at Bramall Lane for the 2012/13 campaign but was axed in April this year after a run of six games without a win, despite the South Yorkshire side lying fifth in the third-tier table at the time.

The 53-year-old says he was "disappointed" to depart United - who lost in last term's League One play-off semi-final to eventual winners Yeovil under the tutelage of caretaker manager Chris Morgan - but says he does not regret leading such a "big club".

In an in-depth chat with Ben Shephard and Chris Kamara, Wilson also reflected on managing in Sheffield derbies, Coventry's toils, and two of the headline makers from the opening day of the Football League campaign - Newport County and Joey Barton...


Games: 106
Wins: 55
Losses: 20
Draws: 31
Win percentage: 51.89

Managing Sheffield United

DANNY SAYS: "We worked hard and got some good results but unfortunately we didn't get promotion, although we were very unlucky in the play-off final [against Huddersfield]. I was disappointed to be sacked because it is a cracking club with great tradition, but [I didn't think twice] about taking the job because it is a fantastic club and, like Wednesday, a very big one."

Sheffield derbies

DANNY SAYS: "It is not easy because one half of the city wants bragging rights over the other and when the derby games came about it was very tough; I remember playing in the them, but I didn't realise how intense they were until I managed in them."

The troubles of League One side Coventry

DANNY SAYS: "They have a decent side and without this 10-point deduction I would have said they would have had a great shot of making the top six, as they were very good when [Sheffield United] played against them last season. However, it looks like it will be difficult for them to survive and the fans aren't happy at having to travel to Northampton."

Newport County's four-star return to the Football League

DANNY SAYS: "I can remember playing against them all those years ago when they had some very good players but I don't think many people thought they would come back. However, the investment over the last few years has been good for them, it is dream come true for them now that they are back in the Football League after 25 years and the [4-1 win over Accrington] capped it off."

Joey Barton's shock QPR recall for the game with Sheff Weds

DANNY SAYS: "I think it took everyone by surprise and it was a brave call but it was a great call because he can play, despite his Tweeting and off the pitch stuff. If you need your team bolstering up a little bit, I think he is your man and Harry Redknapp obviously thought that, too."

Hit the video at the top of the screen to hear Wilson discuss his playing career and working under the legendary Brian Clough.