Sheffield United: Flynn identifies future leader

Ryan Flynn says Chris Morgan has the respect of the dressing room � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Ryan Flynn says Chris Morgan has the respect of the dressing room � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Ryan Flynn last night identified Chris Morgan as a future Sheffield United manager after revealing his presence has galvanised the dressing room after the departure of David Weir, writes James Shield.

Morgan began his second spell in caretaker charge of the League One club earlier this month when the former Scotland international was axed following their difficult start to the new campaign.

Bramall Lane’s board of directors had hoped to appoint his successor ahead of today’s game against Port Vale with Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade, Karl Robinson of MK Dons, Nigel Clough and Crawley Town’s Richie Barker among the leading contenders.

But midfielder Flynn said: “Morgs is brilliant. Everyone knows throughout football he’s a top man and hopefully we can do a job for him.

“He’s a leader of men, he was a leader as a captain and, you never know, one day he might be leading as manager of this club.

“He commands so much respect, you just want to do well for him. People talk about it being a hard period, with a change of manager, but I think Morgs has been brilliant for us and given us a big lift.”

United slipped to the bottom of the table when they were beaten by 3-2 Coventry City six days ago. However, a battling second-half display saw them come within a whisker of snatching a point and prompted Morgan, who made nearly 300 appearances for the visitors before retiring in July last year, to predict they had turned a corner.

Flynn, recalled to the starting eleven at Sixfields, dismissed claims of a rift with Weir, adding: “Morgs is in charge and has got the boys going.

“We have got a game coming up and the position we are in we just have to win. It’s pretty straightforward.

“Three games on the bounce and things can change in football quickly.

“It’s just back to basics like working hard, keeping a good team shape and making yourself hard to beat. We did that last season and got a lot of victories out of doing it.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1