Q&A With Sheffield United

  • September 12, 2017 | By Gabe John
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Phil Parkinson faces a huge challenge to keep Bolton in the Championship and is unlikely to achieve his goal given the club's off-field situation.

Those are the views of Jonny from Sheffield United website Shoreham View, who spoke to us ahead of Wanderers' Sky Bet Championship game against the Blades on Tuesday.

In the following Q&A interview, Jonny shares his views on the task ahead for Parkinson, why Chris Wilder's side will be comfortable survivors in the division this season, as well as why recent form could go out of the window then the two newly-promoted sides meet at Macron Stadium.

Q: Both sides have made differing starts to life in the Championship - the Blades sitting impressively in 5th place, whereas the Trotters find themselves rock-bottom of the table. If you had to identify one significant difference between the sides' approach to life in the Championship what would it be?

A: I think the only difference has to be in approach, The Blades don't change - we play our game and while we respect our opposition we don't bend to their will.

I think Bolton have found it hard to find a natural style and remain consistent with it.

Q: With the transfer window closing just 10 days ago, how impressive was Chris Wilder's recruitment as a whole over the summer?

A: I think the deals have been superb by Wilder. A few players still need to settle in a bit more and hit the ground running but the team moral hasn't nose dived.

The team is still together and we have avoided the pitfall of wasting millions on players who fail to impress.

Q: Both managers have done remarkable jobs under different circumstances in the recent past. Do you think Phil Parkinson can turn it around and guide Wanderers to safety, but also what are your aspiration's for Chris Wilder and your team this season?

A: I think Parkinson will find it tough. I mean no disrespect but I find certain managers easy to read and predict.

While he is a good manager I think with the situation Bolton are in and not being able to maybe use the finances he would like, along with perhaps having a plan B, it will be a huge challenge.

Let's be realistic, we are delighted with our start to the season but my ambitions for the side are to finish above 14th - anything else is a bonus - whereas with our gaffer he just wants to win every game he plays and that's why he's such a hero!

Q: Aside from the obvious goalscoring threat of Billy Sharp and Clayton Donaldson, who else should Wanderers pick out as key danger men?

A: The danger is in our midfield - John Fleck, Paul Coutts, Mark Duffy - with young talent on the bench in David Brooks, we have players who can cause threats from anywhere.

If I was to pick one in particular I would say Duffy.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Tuesday's game?

A: It's always a hard one to predict when two teams who have just been promoted meet again for the first time but whenever I look to this game, unfortunately all I can see is a 0-0.

I just think both teams will be going all out to get one over on the other based on this new-found rivalry that began last season and I can see us cancelling each other out.

Either that or a Billy Sharp hat-trick and a 3-0 win, but I think the first is more likely.

Sky Bet Championship Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Barnsley 7 7
21 Sunderland 8 6
22 Brentford 8 4
23 Birmingham City 8 4
24 Bolton Wanderers 8 2
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