Morgan’s mentor knows art of man-management

Sheffield United new manager: Danny Wilson.
Sheffield United new manager: Danny Wilson.
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DANNY Wilson is guaranteed at least one high-profile ally in Sheffield United’s dressing room after Chris Morgan, the club’s influential captain, was unveiled as his new first team coach.

The two men worked extensively together during the 1990s at Barnsley when, under Wilson’s stewardship, Morgan emerged as arguably the region’s most promising young defender.

Over a decade later and Morgan, now an inspirational figure at Bramall Lane, remains an admirer of his old mentor’s methods.

“I started as an apprentice under the gaffer,” said Morgan. “He took a team that, with no disrespect, was normally around mid-table in Division One and got it into the Premiership playing fantastic football.”

Although Morgan, whose absence through injury has been cited as a major factor behind United’s relegation from the Championship last season, conceded Wilson’s appointment is unlikely to be welcomed by some fans, his was not the only voice calling for perspective yesterday.

Tony Currie, Carl Bradshaw and Robert Page were among those flanking Wilson in a show of support when Micky Adams’ successor was introduced to the media.

“I’ve experienced first hand how the gaffer works,” Morgan said. “The thing that always struck me was how he had the complete respect of his players.

“He knows when it’s time to work and be serious and he also knows when it’s time to let off some steam so his man-management is a real strength.

“And, in my experience, if you’ve got a group of players who are right, full square behind their manager then more often than not you tend to have a successful team.”

Morgan insisted his new role does not mark the end of his playing career following a serious knee injury.

“In four to five months I should be fit,” Morgan said.