Podcast: Danny’s Diary #4 – The League Cup, Derbies And The Sheffield Divide

Gareth Roberts is joined by former Premier League manager Danny Wilson to discuss The League Cup final, the pressure of a Derby and Steve Bruce’s task ahead at Sheffield Wednesday

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The League Cup is much maligned and often bottom of the list of top club’s priorities but Bernardo Silva said this week that Manchester City are desperate to retain it when they face Chelsea in Sunday’s final.

“It would mean a lot for the history of the club,” he said. “That is one our main goals: not only winning it once but keep winning and winning. We know we have the squad to do that but our opponents are very strong and it won’t be an easy job.”

As a player, Danny Wilson won the League Cup with both Luton Town in 1988 and Sheffield Wednesday in 1991. His equaliser for Luton against Arsenal with seven minutes remaining in the 1988 final is one of the most famous moments in the club’s history.

He was also a runner-up in both domestic cup finals with Sheffield Wednesday in 1993.

With Manchester United facing Liverpool in a Premier League grudge match on Sunday, we also talk derbies. In passion-packed fixtures such as these how do player and manager preparations differ from the norm?

Danny, who played and managed in a string of derby fixtures, talks about the need to focus but do managers also look to embrace the power of the supporters in these matches?

To finish up this week, we talk Steve Bruce and Sheffield Wednesday. As a former Owls manager of a similar age, Danny discusses the task facing Bruce, why the job will have tempted him away from the easy life and what he misses about being a manager.

– Listen to Danny’s Diary on iTunes.