Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, will not change his upbeat approach despite acknowledging it grates with some of the League One club’s followers.
Adkins, whose team play their penultimate away match of the season at Shrewsbury Town tomorrow, made no apologies for refusing to accept defeat in the race for play-off qualification ahead of last weekend’s game against Chesterfield.
Although the 51-year-old is aware of calls for him to adopt a demeanour which better reflects the prevailing terrace mood, he explained that being responsible for the well-being of a dressing room means that is not an option.
“I know it might not always be to some people’s liking,” Adkins said. “But I’m consistent with my mood. I never get too high when I win or too low when I lose, I try and maintain a level because that’s the most constructive thing to do”
Adkins faces a busy summer as he looks to revamp a squad which has so far failed to live-up to their lofty pre-season expectations. With numerous first-team players entering the final stages of their contracts, the process of deciding who stays is expected to begin in earnest over the coming days.
“Things happen behind the scenes,” Adkins said. “But it’s only right that’s where talks of this nature take place: behind the scenes and in private.”