Centurion Danny Wilson may have achieved a piece of managerial history at Bramall Lane already – but he is eyeing the big prize.
Wilson’s celebrates his 100th game in charge of the Blades this afternoon at Boundary Park, ironically the venue where his first competitive game took place in August, 2011.
Wilson has already recorded more wins (53) than any other rival United manager in the same space of time.
The 53-year-old is also not too far short of another noteworthy managerial milestone, namely his 1,000th fixture in charge of a league club – which he hopes to achieve with the Blades.
Wilson’s managerial odyssey started at Barnsley in June, 1994 and has taken in 942 games ahead of this afternoon’s assignment in a season which he is desperate to crown with promotion to the Championship.
On his Blades’ statistical achievement, he said: “It is a fantastic record to have and I am proud of that.
“Let’s hope we can mark the 100th game with a win at Oldham.
“This is a terrific job because Sheffield United are such a great club. There are no easy jobs in management these days and the pressure is on right from the word go. The longevity of the job these days averages out at about 18 months.
“But when you have a job of this magnitude, you just want to make the best impression you can.
“We are doing okay at the moment, but the bottom line for me is that we want promotion at the end of the season.
“I will be very proud if we can achieve that as the pressure on managers now is greater than in the past.
“But that comes with the territory now.”
Wilson, who has also managed Bristol City, MK Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town – and famously the Blades’ city rivals Sheffield Wednesday – added: “I can honestly say I have enjoyed managing every club I have been with.
“Of course, there have been some down times among the good ones and they have all been different in terms of the expectation levels.
“But I would like to chalk up 1,000 games while I am still at Sheffield United. That would be very satisfying.”