Sheffield United: Morgs endorses the selection process

Chris Morgan (left) is in caretaker charge of Sheffield United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Chris Morgan (left) is in caretaker charge of Sheffield United � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Chris Morgan has endorsed Sheffield United’s decision to make a quick managerial appointment following the departure of David Weir last week, writes James Shield.

And Morgan, who will continue to oversee preparations for Saturday’s League One encounter with Port Vale until the former Scotland international’s successor is unveiled, also urged players to accept their share of the blame for the club’s wretched start to the season.

United slipped to the foot of the table when they were beaten by Coventry City two days ago and Morgan said: “We’ve got a massive game coming up and, whoever does take over, it’s important they have a bit of time to work with the squad and get to know them.

“That’s what they’d ideally want to do and so I can understand why they (the board of directors) are looking to get someone in place as soon as possible.

“That seems to be the plan and it’s the right thing to do.”

United’s board of directors were yesterday continuing to assess their options after James Phipps, co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad’s special advisor, intimated Weir’s replacement would be installed by the end of the week.

Crawley Town’s Richie Barker, Karl Robinson of MK Dons and Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade are all known to boast admirers behind the scenes at Bramall Lane while Keith Curle, who made over 50 appearances for United before forging an enviable reputation as a coach, is available after leaving Notts County.

Michael Appleton and Roy Keane are also known to be interested in the role Weir vacated after winning only one of his 13 competitive fixtures in charge.

Despite recent results, Morgan said: “Whoever does come in is going to inherit some good players. That’s for certain.

“We were looking around the dressing room (at Sixfields Stadium) before the game (with Coventry) and that much is apparent.

“But you can’t keep on changing the manager. There comes a point when football is about players.

“I don’t think anyone would disagree that (changing manager) is something that’s happened far too much over the past few years. Once we’re settled we can start moving forward and I’m sure we will.”

Lyle Taylor scored twice as United produced a combative second-half performance against City before eventually being edged out 3-2.

“Whoever does come in, watching the way the lads came back, I don’t think some of them will have done themselves any harm at all,” Morgan, whose substitutions helped change the course of the contest, said. “We started poorly and the first-half wasn’t good enough but we showed the character to come back.

“That’s the choice we’ve got now. We can either feel sorry for ourselves and play as we did at the start. Or we can fight and play like we did in the second.

“If we do that, show that level of intensity, then we’ll get results. I’ve got no doubt because the quality is there.”

Meanwhile, United will travel to Oldham in the opening round of the FA Youth Cup.