Chris Morgan says Sheffield United players should be going into next season on a huge high thanks to the appointment of Nigel Adkins as manager.
The former Blades skipper, who will welcome Newcastle United to Bramall Lane for his testimonial game on July 26, believes Adkins will breathe life into a squad of players who could have been feeling sorry for themselves following the disappointment of losing in the play off to beaten finalists Swindon.
When new managers come in there’s a new lease of life for certain people, people who have been on the peripheryChris Morgan
Morgan met with Adkins last week to discuss plans for the coming campaign, with the 37 year-old revealing his remit will refocus on the under 21 squad, as opposed to straddling positions there and with the first team, as he did last season under Clough.
The United legend was impressed by what Adkins had to say during their two-hour talk and he believes that although there will be some trepidation, from the players’ perspective, about the ‘unknown’, the excitement of a fresh start under a successful coach will counter any concerns.
“When new managers come in there’s a new lease of life for certain people, people who have been on the periphery, not played under the previous manager,” said Morgan.
“I always say it is an exciting time because you have got players who were probably in the team week-in week-out and now all of a sudden they have got to go up another step.
“So if they were playing well at the end of last season how are they going to step up?
“And you have got the players who weren’t in the team who were also going to come back, everybody is going to be buzzing at pre-season, everybody is going to be working hard because they are all wanting that shirt for the first game of the season.”
“I think there’ll be a sense of excitement and there’ll be a sense of them being unsure as well,” he added.
“They are coming back into an unknown. What’s the pre-season going to be like? What’s the working week going to look like? What’s the new manager and the staff going to bring, what style are they going to play? So I think mainly it’s excitement. That’s how it was in the years I had as a player when managers have changed through the summer.”