Sheffield United: Why Chris was happy to take the Mick

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Chris Morgan, Sheffield United’s interim manager, has paid tribute to his assistant Mick Wadsworth ahead of tonight’s League One fixture against Peterborough, writes James Shield.

Morgan approached Bramall Lane’s board of directors for permission to appoint the 62-year-old after taking charge on a caretaker basis following David Weir’s departure earlier this month.

Wadsworth, who reported for duty at the Redtooth Academy 48 hours before Saturday’s victory over Port Vale, boasts spells with England, Newcastle and the Democratic Republic of Congo on his footballing CV.

“Mick is a great bloke and he’s someone I’ve got the utmost respect for,” Morgan told The Star. “He’s not someone who says things just for the sake of it but, when he does speak, it’s always valuable or worth listening too.

“The knowledge he’s got is second to none and it’s brilliant that we can tap into that. Having Mick here has been absolutely invaluable and, together with the rest of the staff, he’s been a massive help.”

Wadsworth, who like Morgan was born in Barnsley, served England as an official match observers before travelling to the 1990 World Cup as part of Sir Bobby Robson’s backroom staff.

He worked at Scarborough and Colchester before joining his mentor at Newcastle where he was Robson’s assistant.

With Lee Carsley following Weir through the exit door following United’s decision to call time on the former Scotland international’s brief reign, Morgan explained: “I wasn’t given any timeline about how long I’d be doing the job for but that’s irrelevant because the main thing is that I wanted to do it properly.

“That’s why I wanted an extra pair of eyes and ears around the place to help out and Mick was the first person I thought of because he’s always been there for me throughout my career.

“He’s always called me up whenever he’s felt it was the right thing to do and given me advice or encouragement.”

“Mick’s knowledge of the game is second to none and he’s the type of person that players respond to,” Morgan added. “He’s very serious about his work but he knows how to make sessions interesting.

“All the advice he’s ever given me has been honest advice too which means it’s appreciated even more because he means what he says.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1