Nigel Adkins has told his players to prove they are winners or prepare to leave Bramall Lane.
The Sheffield United manager issued the warning after demanding “a response” during tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley following Tuesday’s “unacceptable” home defeat by Shrewsbury Town.
Adkins said: “We’ll find out if it’s hurt them won’t we. I’ve got to be very ruthless because I intend to be a winner, that’s what I do. You can be the best trainer in the world but you are measured in the arena. You’ve got to run through brick walls, commit yourself and give everything to this football club because, otherwise, you’ll fall by the wayside.”
“I’ll be supportive of the players we’ve got, I’ll back them up and provide them with direction,” Adkins added. “But, believe you and me, I’ll be ruthless because I want this football club to win.”
United slipped to 12th in the League One table after being beaten 4-2 by Town and Adkins, who was appointed in June, said: “This is a great challenge and nothing worth while is ever achieved easily.
“I want to be at the top echelon, I want to be winning things. We should embrace that, not be fearful of it, and never, ever give up. Only many occasions I’ve been knocked down but I always get back up.
“I want this club to be at the top level, this is a top level club. I’m not fearful of the challenge. I’m excited by it. The number one requirement is energy, passion and commitment, Giving everything to the cause, your team mates and the club. If you’re not good enough, you’re not good enough. But that’s the minimum requirement.”