Ex-Sheffield United midfielder Jamie Hoyland would love Chris Morgan to be given the managerial job on a full-time basis at Bramall Lane despite their latest play-off failure.
Although Morgan won just two of his seven matches in charge as United missed out on a second successive trip to Wembley, Hoyland believes he is the person to transform their fortunes.
“I worked with Chris for six months and he was brilliant,” he told The Star. “I would love him to get the job because he has got the desire and hunger for it. It was a pressurised situation he got put in for such a young manager but he acquitted himself well.”
Hoyland, who left United in March after six months in their academy as a Professional Development Lead Coach, has outlined the attributes Morgan would bring to the role.
He said: “Morgs doesn’t suffer fools lightly. He wants people to work hard and wants the best out of everybody. He is a players manager. They respect him.
“He has not got experience but you only get that by having a job. Morgs could not change much after Danny [Wilson] went. He had to work with the same squad and unfortunately they didn’t get over the line.”
Goals either side of half-time from Kevin Dawson and Edward Upson on Monday sentenced United to another season in the third tier of English football. Morgan’s men had led 1-0 after the first leg.
“As a fan, I am devastated the team haven’t gone up,” said Hoyland. “I really thought they would do it this time. Nobody gave them a chance because of their shocking play-off record but I thought with them being underdogs that it would be a great chance for them to go all the way.
“They have missed a goal-scorer. I’m sure if Shaun Miller had stayed fit that they would have gone up automatically. You can have as much play as you want but if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net then you don’t win matches. Shaun is a natural goal-scorer so if you have somebody like that then you can be resolute and hit teams on the break. United have missed that sort of player.
“It would have been fantastic if they had had somebody such as Diego De Girolamo fit for the play-offs because he is an impact player. He can do something out of nothing.”