Sheffield United: Chris Morgan is destined to manage the Blades, says released star Ertl

Manager in the making: Lane legend Chris Morgan.
Manager in the making: Lane legend Chris Morgan.
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PLAYER-coach and Sheffield United “legend” Chris Morgan is destined to manage Sheffield United one day, Johannes Ertl has claimed.

You have to go back to October 2010 for the last time Morgan donned a United shirt as the rugged centre-back has spent the last 20 months recovering from a serious knee injury he sustained at home to Coventry City.

It was just over a year ago Morgan joined Danny Wilson’s backroom staff and fears are growing his playing days are over following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

But Austria international Ertl, who was released by the Blades on Wednesday, believes Morgan still has a lot to offer the club off the pitch.

He told The Star: “Chris is a legend and is Sheffield United through and through, He is a leader and I think he has got a bright future in management.

“I rate Chris highly. I think he will manage United in the future. It is just a matter of time. He is a really good bloke and character to have around the place. When he goes on the training ground, his enthusiasm is there for everybody to see. You can see how much he wants to be successful.”

It promises to be a hectic summer at Bramall Lane as Wilson, who has been told to slash the wage bill and bring more youngsters through the academy by chairman Kevin McCabe, looks to spearhead another promotion charge.

Ertl, one of 11 players, including Steve Simonsen and James Beattie, given the boot by Wilson last week, said: “Of course they have the quality to do well.

“They have to sign some players who are committed to the club and are the right characters. The most important thing is that the team spirit is right. You can’t be successful if you don’t have players who share the same vision and ambition as the club.”