Blades The apprentice - Sheffield United’s Chris Morgan ready for new double role

Right-hand man: Blades skipper Chris Morgan will be a coach as well as a player under new manager Danny Wilson.          Picture: Steve Parkin.

Right-hand man: Blades skipper Chris Morgan will be a coach as well as a player under new manager Danny Wilson. Picture: Steve Parkin.

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CHRIS Morgan, who joined Sheffield United’s coaching staff following Danny Wilson’s appointment as manager, concedes he must learn his trade “from the bottom up” despite hearing the former Northern Ireland international pay tribute to the injured defender’s “inspirational” qualities.

Morgan will spend the first half of his summer break on a UEFA-approved course before reporting back for duty at Bramall Lane towards the end of the month.

Wilson, who replaced Micky Adams at the helm over a week ago, insisted the 33-year-old boasts the qualities required to emerge as an influential member of his backroom staff despite possessing little technical experience.

Morgan said: “I’m not expecting the gaffer to start asking me to put on training sessions and make sure the lads are fully prepared for games. That’s not how it’s going to work and, in any case, I still want to carry on as a player.

“But he knows that I’m ready to help him in any way shape or form that I possibly can. I’ll do whatever he asks of me and there are so many people here that I can learn from.”

Wilson handed Morgan his professional debut during a successful spell at Barnsley. Adams’ successor has promised to blend members of United’s academy and development squads into a new-look first team ahead of next season’s League One campaign.

Morgan, whose absence contributed to the South Yorkshire club’s relegation from the Championship, said: “I’ve worked with the gaffer before and I know that he’s going to be able to teach me a lot.

“Likewise (academy director) John Pemberton, who has done a cracking job with the youngsters. I’ll be able to pick up so much from people like that without a shadow of a doubt.”

Although Morgan will miss the start of the new campaign as he continues his recovery from a serious knee problem, his new role means he could now be watching matches from the technical area rather than the stands.

“I think Morgs can be an inspiration for all of the youngsters coming through,” said Wilson. “And plenty more besides.

“He’s hugely respected in the dressing room and quite rightly so.

“I’m sure he’s going to do well at this because of the type of professional he is.”