Sheffield United: Managerial talks enter final phase

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Port Vale’s Robert Page is today set for a further round of talks with Sheffield United as the League One club’s search for a new manager enters its final phase.

Together with former United team mate Chris Morgan, who took charge on an interim basis following Danny Wilson’s departure in April, the 38-year-old has impressed Bramall Lane’s hierarchy during two previous discussions.

Page travelled to meet members of the selection panel tasked with identifying Wilson’s successor in Spain last week and was immediately invited to deliver another presentation at a top secret location in England this afternoon.

Michael Appleton, previously of Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, will also be granted another opportunity to stake his case for the role after recently registering his interest.

The emergence of several new contenders, including Appleton, has contributed to the delay in unveiling Wilson’s permanent replacement.

Kenny Jackett, who later joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, also approached United about the possibility of taking over when the recruitment process was already at an advanced stage.

Morgan, who recently returned from a UEFA coaching course in Northern Ireland, remains the only person to publicly express his desire to secure the position. However Page, promoted to Micky Adams’ backroom staff after impressing with Vale Park’s youth team, is known to be keen on entering the world of management.

Wilson was sacked with five matches of the regular season remaining following a 2-0 home defeat by Crawley Town.

Last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists are believed to have devised a series of summer friendlies as part of their preparations for the forthcoming campaign to be signed off by the successful candidate.