Sheffield United: Chris issues call to arms

The main man: Chris Morgan wants Bramall Lane to be rocking against Swindon Town
The main man: Chris Morgan wants Bramall Lane to be rocking against Swindon Town

CHRIS Morgan vowed to ensure Bramall Lane becomes the most intimidating ground in League One competition after being officially unveiled as Sheffield United’s new manager, writes James Shield.

Morgan made the pledge following owner Kevin McCabe’s admission that a series of disappointing results at home, including Tuesday’s shock defeat by Crawley, was responsible for costing Danny Wilson his job.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Swindon Town, which could see United move to within three points of the automatic promotion positions, Morgan said: “I want teams to hate coming here. When I played here as an opposition player it was like trying to climb Mount Everest if you were kicking away from The Kop and we want it to be like that again.

“I know the supporters will back us and I know we ask a lot of them. In return I guarantee that we will give everything to try and get to where we want to be.

“We need this place to be rocking and we’ve told the lads already that the best way of doing that is by delivering a positive performance and trying to play on the front foot.”

Morgan, who made over 200 appearances for United before joining Wilson’s staff, took charge when the 53-year-old departed on Wednesday evening. McCabe will review the situation at the end of the campaign but admitted yesterday that Morgan, who will be assisted by David Unsworth, has an opportunity “to make the job permanent,” if he proves a success.

United are fifth in the table with five matches of the season remaining and Morgan said: “The players have put themselves in a fantastic position and it will be them who grasps it or not.

“They are the privileged ones. They are the ones who get to step out on that pitch wearing the shirt.”

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