Sheffield United: Blades close in on naming new boss

Chris Morgan, one of the candidates to be the new United manager,  has debriefed senior Lane figures on  the reasons the promotion bid failed

Chris Morgan, one of the candidates to be the new United manager, has debriefed senior Lane figures on the reasons the promotion bid failed

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Sheffield United’s hierarchy will today hold top level talks about the managerial vacancy at Bramall Lane after it emerged Stuart McCall is remaining with Motherwell.

Members of United’s football club board met with several candidates, including McCall, Chris Morgan and the FA’s former head of elite development Gareth Southgate last week as the search for Danny Wilson’s successor enters its final phase.

Chief executive Julian Winter, who together with director Scott McCabe and chairman David Green sits on the selection panel, has repeatedly warned there is no “strict timescale” for the process to be resolved.

However, The Star understands that United would prefer an appointment to be made as soon as possible so their preparations for next season, including training camps and warm-up fixtures, can be finalised.

MK Dons’ Karl Robinson remains of interest while agents purporting to represent several as yet unidentified coaches have also made contact with Winter and his colleagues with the past 72 hours.

But McCall, who made nearly 100 appearances for United as a player, now appears out of the running after indicating he would prefer to continue his work at Fir Park.

“Things are moving forward,” a source told this newspaper. “Obviously the further you go the more complex talks become. And delicate.

“It becomes about the finer points of the role rather than broad themes as it were.

“Everyone who has been spoken to though is basically aware of what it entails because they fitted the job description and have been aware of that all along.”

“It would be foolish to work to an exact date,” the source continued. “Naturally the sooner everything is worked out the better.

“But, equally, there is nothing to be gained from rushing things through just for the sake of it and potentially making a mistake.”

Morgan, who took charge on an interim basis when Wilson parted company with United en route to last term’s League One play-off semi-finals, is known to have debriefed senior figures at the club on the reasons behind its failure to clinch promotion during the immediate aftermath of this month’s defeat by Yeovil Town.