Lings, The team wasn't good enough at the start of the season to get a play off place and apart from Sharp and Adams who got us goals? Ye Hammond and Woeford were terrible but we lost Baxter too for a big part of the season, who could have got a few goals from midfield. Also everyone was chanting about Sammon when he first came in because he scored a few goals and Edgar did ok but needed a proper CB with him which would have allowed Basham to play in midfield. And ye I agree that Harris, Freeman and Scougs would all have helped. But losing Murphy was a big loss and NA didn't replace him with quality. We also don't have the same quality of youngsters Soton had when he took over there, which was a big reason they got up to the PL. Ye they too sold the kids but seemed to have as good to replace them, we have the odd lad who becomes ready now and then.
On Warnock, he is by far a better manager than NA and his record proves that but plenty of Blades fans wouldn't want him back, I'd take him tomorrow.
I've said for years now that our problem is McTwat and the board and i've been lambasted for it but the fact is we were a half decent Championship side when McTwat joined the board and we sold Deane and Fjortoft just before he took charge and now we're a very average lge 1 side still selling players that could make a difference. What are the odds of someone like the Dingles or Wigan, who wanted him last summer, going for Sharp in the summer? And the plain fact is that there's been only 1 proper season where McTwat decided to go for it and spend some real dosh and that was the promotion season to the PL. He was cheap in the PL and that cost us, it wasn't bad luck. The only other time we spent a little bit was when we signed BT and Sharp under Nobson and we all know what happened there.
Don't get me wrong on NA, I think he should be given some of next season to rectify everything because it's just the same old in out with us otherwise, but I have no real love for most our managers (Porterfield, Bassett and Warnock apart) and i'd be happy to see the next mug fail under McTwat.
Finally, if McTwat and his family are a lead weight to us and if they were to sell the club and we were rid of them then we'd see better times, times the fans deserve and i'd rather have gone down the Soton and Leicester route because we're exactly where they both went before rising to the top tier.