AS players they were bold and fearless, writes James Shield. Always on the front foot. Never prepared to take a backwards step.
Chris Morgan and David Unsworth will expect Sheffield United’s players to display similar characteristics during their final five games of the season having taken charge of first team affairs earlier this week.
But, despite those formidable reputations, the League One club’s new management team will also employ the latest methods in an effort to bring Championship football back to Bramall Lane.
Fuse spirit and science.
“Lots of people have commented we are like two peas from the same pod,” Unsworth, who was appointed as Morgan’s assistant following the departure of Danny Wilson and Frank Barlow on Wednesday, told The Star. “Chris, from what I’ve seen already, is a great coach.
“He’s got that attention to detail and he’s very thorough and organised. Really well prepared.
“I like doing the homework side of things too. I’m a stickler for my statistics and things like that because, although they don’t provide all the answers, they can tell you a lot.
“Morgs knows I’ll do whatever I can to help him. We’ll leave no stone unturned to try and bring the best out of a very talented group.”
Morgan and Unsworth embark on the first stage of their mission when sixth placed Swindon Town visit Bramall Lane today. United, who remained fifth in the League One table after being beaten by Crawley on Tuesday, have not won on home soil for nearly two months.
But Unsworth, who reached the top-flight with United in 2006, said: “We’re not having all this stuff about it being easier to play away.
“When I was playing here I couldn’t wait for matches at Bramall Lane. Honestly, they were some of the very best atmospheres of my career.”