Sheffield United have appointed former England captain Bryan Robson as their new manager.
Robson succeeds Neil Warnock, who stepped down in the aftermath of the Blades’ relegation from the Premiership.
“I’m delighted to take the position,” he said. “We’ve got a good squad and if we can fine tune it a bit, we can get back to the Premiership.”
Brian Kidd has been promoted from his role as coach to become assistant to Robson.
Robson had been out of work since leaving West Brom in September.
“When you’ve been in football since you were 15, as I have, when you go out of the game, you do miss it. It’s what I’ve always done,” he added.
“The great thing about Sheffield United is the set-up. It’s surprised me how solid the foundations are.
“That gives you a great chance to go forward and improve the squad and hopefully get straight back into the Premiership.”
Club chairman Kevin McCabe said he believed Robson would lead the Blades back to the Premier League at their first attempt.
“Bryan is an experienced manager. We believe he’s the right man to get us back to the Premiership in the shortest possible space of time,” said McCabe.
“He will have every support from the board and the team here to gain that ambition because this club intends to be among top 10 in Premiership at least within the next three to five years.
“Despite relegation, we’re still determined to achieve those ambitions.”
Robson, who was formerly in charge at Middlesbrough, parted company with West Brom by mutual consent in September and had set up a sports consultancy business.
He now replaces Warnock, who spent eight years with the Blades – although McCabe has admitted that he may not have been the right man for their season in the Premiership.
“Hindsight is a great thing,” he added.
“Neil Warnock is a great motivator. We can reflect now maybe Neil Warnock wasn’t quite right for our Premiership ambitions. But he gave it his all.
“The time had come for a change.”