Sheffield United: Blades assess their options

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Sheffield United have completed final interviews with candidates vying to become their next manager, The Star understands.

Michael Appleton, Robert Page and Keith Curle are among those to hold talks with Bramall Lane’s selection panel earlier this week while Chris Morgan, who took charge on an interim basis following Danny Wilson’s departure in April, has also been granted an opportunity to state his case.

Members of United’s football club board are now expected to assess the credentials of those short-listed for the role before unveiling the former Northern Ireland international’s permanent successor.

Key figures involved in the process, including chief executive Julian Winter, have spent the past 72 hours attending the Football League’s summer conference in Portugal.

Delegates were scheduled to leave the Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura, last night.

United received a flurry of late interest in the position which became vacant when Danny Wilson was relieved of his duties 60 days ago.

However, despite reports to the contrary, former Chelsea and West Ham chief Avram Grant has not discussed the possibility of moving to South Yorkshire.

Grant, aged 58, parted company with Partizan Belgrade in May last year after leading them to a fifth consecutive Serbian SuperLiga title.

Together with Curle, Appleton, previously of Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, is believed to have met United representatives in London on Thursday.

Page, who like Curle represented United as a player, is employed by Port Vale.