FAN leader Pete Whitney is backing Chris Morgan to resurrect Sheffield United’s faltering automatic promotion challenge following the departure of Danny Wilson.
Barnsley-born Morgan has been put in charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season after the Bramall Lane club decided to dispense with Wilson’s services last night.
United fell to just their fourth home defeat of the season in midweek against Crawley Town, meaning they trail Bournemouth, who are second in the standings, by six points.
Whitney, chairman of the official Sheffield United supporters club, believes Morgan appointment could prove to be an astute decision.
He told The Star: “The fans will get behind Chris. There has not been a more whole-hearted player in United’s history than Chris.
“If he can’t lift and get some passion into the team then no one can. He knows the players and, although he’s inexperienced at management level, knows the club inside out so he’s a good option.
“The powers at be must be unhappy with what they are seeing and sometimes when you put a new man in charge you get a little surge. They must be hoping for that.”
Whitney said the fans had become “very disillusioned” with the team’s style of football under Wilson.
“I think to a degree Danny lost the fans and they became very disillusioned,” he said. “He tended to be a little too defensive, certainly at home.
“Danny did very well but the team failed at the final hurdle. If Ched Evans had not gone to jail las year, we would have gone up automatically. I don’t think anyone would ever dispute that.
“I feel very sorry for Danny because he has been running a very tight ship and unfortunately certain team strengthening has not happened.”