Robert Page, Port Vale’s first team coach, last night revealed his respect for Sheffield United counterpart Chris Morgan ahead of tomorrow’s meeting between the two sides, writes James Shield.
Morgan, who took charge of the South Yorkshire club on a caretaker basis following David Weir’s departure, has overseen its preparations for the League One fixture as directors continue negotiations with those candidates vying for the role.
Page, who played alongside Morgan during his three year spell at Bramall Lane, was among the crowd at Coventry City on Sunday when his former team mate came agonisingly close to securing United’s first win since August 2nd’s victory over Notts County.
Although the visitors eventually succumbed 3-2, Page told The Star: “I thought they showed more character and fight in the second-half there than at any point this season and that’s testament to Morgs.
“It showed he has got the respect of the dressing room and, although they could have been six down at the break, the way they responded meant that, in the end, they were probably unlucky not to have got a draw.
“Morgs knows that place inside out and, being the fearsome competitor he is, we know that we’re going to be in for a tough game.”
United, who parted company with Weir 48 hours before journeying to Sixfields, slipped to the foot of the table after being beaten by City.
Vale, managed by the former Scotland international’s predecessor Micky Adams, are 12th after clinching promotion last term despite only exiting administration five months earlier.
“Obviously this is a match that’s going to be a bit special for Micky and I,” Page said. “But, like any other, we want to win.
“We went through some tough times but the lads here showed great commitment even though, at one stage, they weren’t getting paid and really bought into what we were trying to do.”