Championship - Blades to name Speed new boss

PA Sport - Mon, 16 Aug 14:06:00 2010

Sheffield United are poised to unveil Gary Speed as the club's new permanent manager.

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The Blades parted company with Kevin Blackwell after Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to QPR and Speed, who has been working as first-team coach, will be handed his first job as manager.

The 40-year-old is understood to have met with club chairman Kevin McCabe and chief executive Trevor Birch in Spain, where he was offered the role.

The news will be made official at a press conference on Tuesday.

Only this summer the Blades rejected an approach from Swansea for Speed who wanted to talk to the Welshman about their then vacant position.

Birch had said on Sunday: "We remain passionate and committed to achieving promotion and believe the change of management will assist in that quest.

"The board will not rush the next move and further discussions will take place to consider Kevin's successor."

Eurosport / PA Sport

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