Chris Morgan, Sheffield United’s caretaker manager, has insisted restoring confidence levels among the club’s first team players must be the first item on his successor’s ‘to-do’ list.
Morgan, who took charge on a temporary basis following the departure of David Weir last week, made the admission after claiming United’s position at the foot of the League One table does not reflect the calibre of its squad.
“I definitely think it’s ‘between the ears’ if you like,” the former United defender said. “That’s probably the biggest issue because, when you look at what the lads here are capable of, there’s no doubt they should be higher up.
“It’s inevitable that confidence isn’t going to be as high as you’d ideally like at the moment. Whatever anyone thinks, that’s only natural.
“But providing we can all pull together, get the self-belief right back and show the right character then there shouldn’t be a problem. Not when you see what we’ve got.”
Morgan was speaking after United suffered their 10th defeat of the campaign when they were beaten by Coventry City on Sunday.
The former defender’s passionate speech during the interval proved the catalyst for an improved second-half display which saw Lyle Taylor’s brace leave the game balancing on a knife edge after goals from Leon Clarke (2) and Callum Wilson had put Steven Pressley’s side in the driving seat.
“We need a manager who can work with the players we’ve got, can lift them and give them an injection of confidence,” Morgan, who hopes to be part of the new regime, added. “And that’s important because, although you can identify good managers, at the end of the day they are only as good as their players.
“The lads are definitely good enough and so we want them to remember that. They’re good players.”