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Blades confirm Wilson exit

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Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:39:00

Bayern Munich are setting their sights on the UEFA Champions League crown after securing their semi-final place with a 4-0 aggregate win over Juventus.

The German side repeated their 2-0 first leg win and became the first overseas side to win in Turin since the new stadium was built two years ago.

And after securing the Bundesliga title last weekend, coach Jupp Heynckes now wants to prove they are the best side in Europe.

He said: "In the last weeks there's been a lot of praise but the positive thing is the team has not been influenced by this. Too much praise is not good.

"We are champions and that was our aim but we also have other aims. We now have to see if we are on par with Real and Barcelona."

Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, who scored the first goal in the Juventus Stadium said they had produced a great performance.

He said: "It was decisive that we played like we did in Munich. It was a great atmosphere. It was not easy and we had to stay patient.

"I am happy to have scored but happier that we are through. But we are not yet done."

The Blades are currently in the play-off places, lying fifth in the table and four points clear of Tranmere in seventh.

But a run of just one win in six matches, culminating in a 2-0 home defeat by Crawley last night, has prompted a change at Bramall Lane.

Assistant manager Frank Barlow has also left the club, with first-team coach Chris Morgan taking charge for the remainder of the season - starting with Saturday's home game against promotion rivals Swindon.

In a statement on the club's website, Blades owner Kevin McCabe said: "We must thank Danny and Frank for all their endeavours and hard work over the past two seasons.

"We now have a mini season for this club to achieve success and we will all back Chris in this mission."

Wilson took over at Bramall Lane in May 2011 despite some fans protesting due to his time as a player and manager with rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

He guided them to the play-off final last season, but they were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield.

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