Sheffield United: Morgan gets the green light

Sheffield United's Bramall Lane pitch, which is wet, but clear of snow thanks to the undersoil heating.
Sheffield United's Bramall Lane pitch, which is wet, but clear of snow thanks to the undersoil heating.
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DAVID Green, chairman of Sheffield United’s football club board, has revealed Chris Morgan was the “unanimous choice” of directors to take charge when Danny Wilson parted company with Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.

As The Star reported yesterday, United’s hierarchy assessed a number of possible options before inviting Morgan to become manager for the rest of the League One season.

Green, repeating owner Kevin McCabe claim that “recent results, predominately at home,” were the reason for the change, said: “We discussed a number of possibilities, both internally and externally, but Chris was the unanimous choice.

“Bringing Chris, who is a very impressive individual, into the role brings an element of continuity. To bring someone in externally would not have the same impact.”

“Chris was the obvious choice too.”

“Danny is a great guy,” Green added. “Everyone here as the utmost respect for him but the decision had to be made even though it was far from enjoyable or nice.”

Morgan, who will be assisted by David Unsworth, made nearly 300 appearances for United as a player.

He makes his debut in the dug-out when sixth-placed Swindon Town visit South Yorkshire this afternoon. Despite being fifth, United have not won or scored a goal on home soil since mid-February.

They entertain Brentford, who are third, on Tuesday before completing the campaign with matches against Portsmouth, Crewe Alexandra and Preston North End.

“We need the crowd to get behind Chris and the team,” Green said. “I’m sure Chris will get the crowd involved.”

Meanwhile, Season ticket holders who did not take advantage of the free pass promotion for the recent fixture against Crawley can claim free entry for two guests against Brentford. Seats will be located in the Bramall Lane upper tier while season ticket holders will be allowed to move, temporarily, free of charge.

Places must be booked at the box office or by calling 0871 995 1889 before 5pm Monday.

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