Sheffield United: Blades bide their time

Motherwell's manager Stuart McCall
Motherwell's manager Stuart McCall

Sheffield United were last night considering their options after completing the first round of interviews aimed at identifying Danny Wilson’s permanent successor.

The South Yorkshire club, who have been without a manager since parting company with the former Northern Ireland international 45 days ago, met Stuart McCall earlier this week after being granted permission to hold talks by his present employers Motherwell.

Chris Morgan and Gareth Southgate also featured on the seven name short-list Bramall Lane’s selection panel compiled following United’s defeat in the League One play-off semi-finals earlier this month.

But, as The Star confirmed soon after they were condemned to spending a third season in English football’s third tier, senior figures behind the scenes have not ruled-out the possibility of recalling candidates for a second grilling before unveiling Wilson’s replacement.

“It’s absolutely imperative to arrive at the right decision,” a source said. “That all the information at your disposal is properly assessed before pressing ahead and that all bases are covered.”

McCall, aged 48, made nearly 100 appearances for United before taking charge of Bradford City in 2007.

He steered Motherwell to second in the Scottish Premier League table last term but is believed to have expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of returning to United after being informed of United’s intentions by officials at Fir Park.

Morgan, appointed on an interim basis following Wilson’s departure, stated he wanted to be considered following United’s double-header with Yeovil Town.

Julian Winter, United’s chief executive, warned on Tuesday that “we can not set a time frame for an announcement.”

“The main aim,” he continued, “Is to appoint the best possible person to take Sheffield United forward.”