Sheffield United: The search begins now

Chris Morgan, right, will be interviewed by Sheffield United as they start their selection process to replace Danny Wilson on a permanent basis. Pic: Martyn Harrison. Pic: BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Chris Morgan, right, will be interviewed by Sheffield United as they start their selection process to replace Danny Wilson on a permanent basis. Pic: Martyn Harrison. Pic: BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United last night started compiling a short-list of potential candidates for the managerial vacancy at Bramall Lane.

Twenty-four hours after being knocked-out of the League One play-offs by Yeovil Town, the hunt for Danny Wilson’s successor began amid a flurry of interest in the job.

The Star understands that Chris Morgan, who took charge when Wilson parted company with the club four weeks ago, will be interviewed as part of the selection process. However, United’s hierarchy are also expected to assess a number of other potential options before a final decision is made.

With the new season starting in August, officials hope to unveil the former Northern Ireland international’s replacement at some point early next month.

However, it remains unclear whether they are working to a strict timescale.

Morgan admitted after goals from Kevin Dawson and Edward Upson condemned United to another season in English football’s third tier that “the board know I want the job” permanently after initially being appointed on an interim basis.

Despite being unable to deliver promotion, the 35-year-old is known to have impressed influential figures with his work behind the scenes.

“I’ve not made concrete plans because we’ve been preparing for two big games,” Morgan revealed during the immediate aftermath of United’s defeat at Huish Park. “But I’ve got ideas in my mind about what this club needs and what is required to move forward.”

Expressions of interest have since been received from numerous managers presently out of work while the likes of Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade, Keith Curle and Australian Graham Arnold have also been linked with the post.

Despite reports to the contrary, The Star believes no manager currently in employment has been approached although, inevitably, that situation could yet change.

United’s failure to regain their Championship status is likely to herald a number of changes behind the scenes.