Sheffield United will begin contacting potential new managers later this week as the race to succeed Danny Wilson gathers pace, writes James Shield.
The Star understands that United, having parted company with the former Northern Ireland international last month, started applying the finishing touches to their short-list of would-be targets yesterday.
Chris Morgan, who took charge on an interim basis en route to the League One play-offs, has been guaranteed an interview after impressing with his work behind the scenes.
MK Dons’ Karl Robinson, Stuart McCall of Motherwell and Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade are also known to boast admirers at Bramall Lane although talks with anyone presently in employment can not be held until permission is granted by their respective clubs.
While United are prepared to pay compensation should they make an external appointment, the size of any such fee could have a bearing on the selection process given chief executive Julian Winter’s instruction that the club must become a “sustainable” business. Keith Curle, Gareth Southgate, Chris Wilder and John Hughes have also been linked with the post.
Leeann Dempster, Winter’s counterpart at Fir Park, admitted last night that McCall, Clydesdale Bank’s Manager of the Year, will leave Motherwell at some stage.
“Someone absolutely will come in for him because he is a great manager,” she said. “He is a great person and he will continue to be a great manager in the years to come.”
Promoting home-grown talent such as Callum McFadzean features prominently on United’s check-list.
Crawley’s Richie Barker, whose name has also been floated as a possibility, said: “It’s flattering to be linked with a club the size of Sheffield United and it shows we’re doing something right here. Things have gone pretty well since I’ve come to Crawley and I’d like to stay for longer and see things through.”