Sheffield United: Selection process continues

Chris Morgan was interim boss until the end of last season
Chris Morgan was interim boss until the end of last season
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Sheffield United were last night expected to summon those candidates still vying to become their next manager for second interviews following Stuart McCall’s decision to withdraw from the race to succeed Danny Wilson at Bramall Lane.

McCall informed Bramall Lane he no longer wished to be considered for the role on Sunday evening following 48 hours worth of soul searching with his advisors.

But while his announcement disappointed the selection panel charged with identifying Wilson’s long-term replacement, The Star understands the former Scotland international was not the only applicant being considered by United’s football club board.

Having whittled down their original short-list to four names, officials were also believed to be exploring several new lines of enquiry before McCall elected to remain at Fir Park with Kenny Jackett known to favour a quick return to the game after recently parting company with Millwall.

Negotiations with at least three of those were yesterday described as being at “a delicate” stage.

McCall told confidents that concerns about the amount of money he would have at his disposal to re-shape United’s squad were among the factors which prompted him to pull-out of the running.

Celtic’s victory in the SFA Cup final also means Motherwell enter next season’s Europa League qualiying campaign at a later stage than originally planned.

First team coach Chris Morgan, appointed on an interim basis following Wilson’s exit, impressed with his work behind the scenes despite failing to negotiate safe passage through the play-offs while Glyn Hodges, who made nearly 200 appearances for United as a player, boasts admirers among United’s hierarchy.

Jackett also interests relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers along with Owen Coyle.

While McCall privately informed his employers that he was keen to hold talks with United, Morgan remains the only person to speak publicly about the prospect of taking charge next season.