Chris Morgan says the presence of Micky Adams and Robert Page on Port Vale’s bench means Sheffield United are guaranteed a tough test when they host the visitors from Burslem this afternoon.
Adams, a lifelong supporter of the South Yorkshire club, spent five months in charge at Bramall Lane before departing soon after its relegation from the Championship three seasons ago.
Page, the 51-year-old’s first team coach, made over 100 appearances for United as a player.
Morgan, appointed manager on an interim basis following David Weir’s dismissal earlier this month, said: “Rob and Micky are two fantastic leaders.
“They’re an organised side, hard-working and showed their quality by getting promoted.
“But we have done our homework.
“There’s an expectation when you sign for Sheffield United.
“We want to give the fans something to smile about and something to shout about.”
Page, who was among the crowd at Sixfields when United faced Coventry City last weekend, paid tribute to Morgan yesterday.
“I had a great season with Rob,” Morgan, returning the favour, said. “He’s a proper football man. A true gentleman and very good friend. We keep in touch.
“Like me, we’ve tried to do things the right way by doing our badges.
“When he was linked with job here people were saying they’ll be problems with him and Morgs because they’re mates.
“But that’s absolute rubbish. There would have been no problem at all.”
Morgan, who has enlisted Mick Wadsworth to help 24th placed United prepare for the meeting with Vale, added: “Training has been good.
“People have questioned the lads’ desire and quality. But we are where we are through results. It’s not down to a lack of desire or wanting.”