CHRIS Morgan has revealed the late Gary Speed persuaded him to get on the coaching ladder.
The injured centre-back said former Sheffield United player, coach and manager Speed, who passed away in November, encouraged him to give it a go.
“Speedo was always on at me and told me I needed to do my badges more,” said Morgan, who has been sidelined since October 2010 with a knee injury. “I was not sure but he kept hammering it at me. God bless him, I am glad I followed his advice.
“A couple of months into my injury, I enrolled to do my A and B licence and now I am glad that I did it.”
It was last May, when Danny Wilson was unveiled as manager at Bramall Lane, Morgan was appointed player-coach. His role has included looking after the reserves and assisting with first-team training sessions.
The 34-year-old, whose playing contract runs until 2013, said: “I am loving it [coaching]. It has been great to still feel that I am involved. I want to be out there training with them [the lads] but for the last 14 months I have not been able to.
“Danny and Frank [Barlow] have been great with me in getting me involved on matchdays and during the week.
“It [coaching] was something I was always 50/50 about whether I wanted to do it or not.
“If anything good has come out of being injured, it has pushed me this way. I am not getting any younger so at some stage you have to think about what comes next.”
Morgan, who has yet to take part in full training, says he is learning all the time under the tutelage of Wilson and assistant boss Barlow.
“It is like you’re a kid again going to school,” he said. “I am just trying to take everything in.
“Coaching is a bug. It is like when you first start a new hobby and that’s all you can think about.
“When I got injured, I started looking at games different. I started analysing everything different. I look at teams that we are playing and look through match reports so it is a bug.”
When asked about the possibility of becoming a manager in the future, Morgan said: “I hope so. I would love to have a crack at it one day.”