Speed in hat for blades job
Sheffield United are considering whether to appoint Gary Speed as their new manager after dismissing Kevin Blackwell following the Championship side's 3-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, WRITES SANDY MACASKILL.
Speed worked under Blackwell in the back-room staff at Bramall Lane, and was among the contenders for the Swansea City vacancy in the summer when Paulo Sousa moved to Leicester.
United rejected Swansea's approach for the 40-year-old, who could now be given the chance to take on the managerial role after Blackwell lost the support of the dressing-room, and the boardroom. Barnsley manager Mark Robins is also a contender.
A statement from the club confirming Blackwell's departure read: "Following the home defeat to QPR, Sheffield United and Kevin Blackwell have jointly agreed to part company with immediate effect. Kevin Blackwell has worked hard over the last two and a half years and his record in terms of results is equal to, if not better than, most previous managers at Bramall Lane.
"He will always have a warm welcome at Sheffield United. However, it is time for us to move on because our ambition remains the same in challenging for promotion." (© Daily Telegraph, London)