Sheffield United: Morgan throws down the gauntlet

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Chris Morgan enters today’s League One encounter with Port Vale unsure whether it will be his final match in charge of Sheffield United, writes James Shield.

But Morgan, who was handed the reins on a caretaker basis when David Weir departed Bramall Lane last week, admitted he is happy to remain at the helm until the former Scotland international’s successor is unveiled.

Acknowledging he still harbours ambitions of becoming a manager in his own right after being considered for the role earlier this year, Morgan told The Star: “I’m absolutely loving it. There are good people here and I’ll carry on as long as is necessary.

“I honestly don’t know how long that will be for but, in a way, that’s irrelevant because our main objective and focus has been preparing for this game and preparing properly.”

United dispensed with Weir’s services after just 13 games having failed to win since the opening round of the campaign. Nigel Clough, Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade, Karl Robinson of MK Dons and Crawley Town’s Richie Barker are all viewed as potential replacements.

Morgan, who also stepped into the breach when Weir’s predecessor Danny Wilson was axed in April, said: “One day I want to be a manager but I’m not in a rush. I’m still young and have been fortunate to learn off good people like Danny and (assistant) Frank (Barlow).

“In the summer I was gutted to miss out but I gave my full support to Davie because it’s not about me. It’s about this football club.”

United slipped to the foot of the table when they were beaten by Coventry City six days ago.

Morgan, who has recruited the vastly-experienced Mick Wadsworth as his number two, labelled their first-half display at Sixfields as “not good enough,” but insisted: “The final 30 minutes, when we came from three down to make it 3-2, was more like us. It’s about going back to basics, doing what we are good at.

“They are all good players. Otherwise they wouldn’t be here.

“So it’s a case of are we man enough? Do we want the ball in front of a big crowd at Bramall Lane? Are we ready to take responsibility for ourselves.”

“The thing is,” Morgan added. “The lads have shown they can do it so we’ve urged them just to go out there and believe in themselves.

“Every player makes mistakes. Even the very best in the world so I’m not bothered about that, rather how people respond.

“We want to give the fans something to sing about. Something to shout about.

“That’s why, whatever happens, it won’t be through lack of effort or desire. It never has been.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1