Alan Biggs: Stuart could receive a McCall

Stuart McCall. Pic: Craig Halkett/PA Wire.
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Chris Morgan appeared high on my radar this week - just as Stuart McCall was flying under it.

No sooner had I picked up strong signals that Sheffield United’s stand-in boss would figure in the next management team than news broke of the Blades’ approach to Motherwell to speak to McCall, tipped here as job favourite a week ago.

Yet nothing is certain as I write. Compensation is a delicate issue just as with United’s equally keen interest in MK Dons’ Karl Robinson, while the unattached Gareth Southgate holds an advantage in that respect.

But the potential McCall-Morgan link up between ex-United teammates did resemble one of those clickety-click moments when everything snaps into place.

We all have personal leanings and my left-field pick would still be Gary Johnson, who was under consideration at the outset but appears to have faded despite the brilliance of his promotion with Yeovil, the club he led into the league.

Naturally there would be a cash issue, but how much further could Johnson take United than Yeovil?

The wily 57-year-old lifted Bristol City out of League One in 2007. Surely he’d be tempted by another challenge at a bigger club?

I’m reminded how Ian Porterfield dropped a division from newly-promoted Rotherham to manage the Blades in the basement three decades ago.

Meanwhile, McCall’s acceptance would appear a formality. I’d guess the same would be true of Robinson. There’s a bit of Dave Bassett about him in the way the young boss has progressed from a non-league playing career.

Some question why McCall would “step down” from the SPL where he was voted Manager of the Year for finishing runners-up to Celtic.

But Scottish football is financially shot - and where do Motherwell go from here?

The risks of the Lane are all too plain, but the scope for advancement is far greater.

After a coaching apprenticeship under Neil Warnock, plus an earlier troublesome stint in management at Bradford, McCall could be ripe for the challenge back south of the border.

And speaking of assistants, as we were, no piece of recruitment by Sheffield Wednesday this summer will be more important than securing Stuart Gray to a new deal.

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No sooner had I picked up strong signals that Sheffield United’s stand-in boss would figure in the next management team than news broke of the Blades’ approach to Motherwell to speak to McCall, tipped here as job favourite a week ago.

Yet nothing is certain as I write. Compensation is a delicate issue just as with United’s equally keen interest in MK Dons’ Karl Robinson, while the unattached Gareth Southgate holds an advantage in that respect.

But the potential McCall-Morgan link up between ex-United teammates did resemble one of those clickety-click moments when everything snaps into place.

We all have personal leanings and my left-field pick would still be Gary Johnson, who was under consideration at the outset but appears to have faded despite the brilliance of his promotion with Yeovil, the club he led into the league.

Naturally there would be a cash issue, but how much further could Johnson take United than Yeovil?

The wily 57-year-old lifted Bristol City out of League One in 2007. Surely he’d be tempted by another challenge at a bigger club?

I’m reminded how Ian Porterfield dropped a division from newly-promoted Rotherham to manage the Blades in the basement three decades ago.

Meanwhile, McCall’s acceptance would appear a formality. I’d guess the same would be true of Robinson. There’s a bit of Dave Bassett about him in the way the young boss has progressed from a non-league playing career.

Some question why McCall would “step down” from the SPL where he was voted Manager of the Year for finishing runners-up to Celtic.

But Scottish football is financially shot - and where do Motherwell go from here?

The risks of the Lane are all too plain, but the scope for advancement is far greater.

After a coaching apprenticeship under Neil Warnock, plus an earlier troublesome stint in management at Bradford, McCall could be ripe for the challenge back south of the border.

And speaking of assistants, as we were, no piece of recruitment by Sheffield Wednesday this summer will be more important than securing Stuart Gray to a new deal.

Twits make Twitter hell

Sadly Ronnie Moore is the odd man out in this question: What do the following football managers have in common?

(And for a fairly unmissable clue just look between the brackets).

Ronnie Moore (@millmoor9), Edgar Davids

(@esdavids), Neil Lennon (@officialNeil), Lee Johnson (@LDJhepingping), Wayne Burnett (@wayneburnett1).

Until recently, I was naive enough to think that not a single current boss would be found anywhere within a million miles of what Dave Jones calls the “scourge of football”.

How was I put right on that? Well, Twitter told me naturally enough!

But it was also through a tweet that I discovered former Rotherham manager Ronnie had deleted his account after being sent a death-wish by a supposed Tranmere Rovers “fan.”

You can take your cue from that on how long the others might last...