Sheffield United: Search for new boss approaches end game

Former Milwall manager Kenny Jackett is in the frame at Bramall Lane
Former Milwall manager Kenny Jackett is in the frame at Bramall Lane
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Talks aimed at identifying Danny Wilson’s permanent successor gathered pace last night with members of Sheffield United’s football club board meeting to discuss the managerial vacancy at Bramall Lane.

Kenny Jackett, coach Chris Morgan and Gareth Southgate are understood to have discussed the position for a second time with chief executive Julian Winter and his colleagues while several as yet unidentified candidates are also believed to have expressed an interest.

United’s dialogue with Jackett and Southgate could put them on a collision course with League One rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers where the search for Dean Saunders’ replacement is about to enter a fourth week.

Owen Coyle and Crewe Alexandra’s Steve Davis also boast admirers among the Molineaux hierarchy.

United are increasingly confident what has been a protracted process is drawing to a close although a further delay can not be ruled-out should a fresh target emerge.

Stuart McCall, who led Motherwell to second in the SPL table last season, elected to withdraw his candidacy on Sunday night following negotiations with the three man selection panel. However, The Star can confirm that while the 48-year-old’s decision disappointed United, at no stage was he offered the job.

United, who yesterday sold the naming rights to their youth academy to entertainment firm Redtooth, discovered George Long has been named in England’s squad for next month’s FIFA under-20 World Cup.

Long is the only player from England’s third tier to make the cut.