Under-pressure Weir unsure if time is on his side at struggling Blades

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A defiant David Weir has vowed he will not resign despite Sheffield United’s terrible start to the season.

The Blades boss was subjected to a chorus of boos and chants of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ after his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat to League Two strugglers Hartlepool United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.

He kept his Blades players locked in the dressing room for over an hour after the final whistle as he delivered some “home truths” to the squad – who have not won a game inside 90 minutes since the opening day of the season.

That winless run now stands at 12 games, and Weir admits he does not know if he will be given time by the club’s joint owners, Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah, to halt the slump.

“I understand the results haven’t been good enough and ultimately that’s what I will be judged on,” said Weir.

“I go to work, I work hard, and I try to do the right things. That’s my job as manager.

“I don’t fear anything, fear is not something associated with football.”

Asked if he would get the time to turn the Blades’ season around, Weir responded: “I have absolutely no idea.

“We need to start playing better, scoring goals.

“The result (on Tuesday) was the most disappointing thing. I don’t think there were many positives to take from the game. Nothing to cling on to that we did that well.

“I am a positive person and I always try to look for the positives.

“But against Hartlepool if I am being honest, it was just negatives.

“I don’t think we created enough.

“Although they didn’t have that many opportunities, they didn’t need them to score, that’s obviously a big problem.

“There were many, many disappointments.”

Weir believes the winless run has shredded confidence within the Blades dressing room, but insists the problem does not solely rest with United’s style of football this season with the emphasis on passing, controlled possession.

“The lack of confidence is obvious, I think that’s apparent to everyone with the run of results we have had,” he said.

“Confidence is an issue but you can only find confidence in yourself, no-one is going to give you it – you have to find it yourself.

“My style of football, the way to play football, is to try and pass the ball. I think that remains fundamental with regards to playing football.

“But you have got to play winning football, it’s not passing the football at the expense of winning games. I never said that and never will.”