Sheffield United: Why Danny and Frank can hold their heads up high
Danny Wilson, who parted company with the South Yorkshire club earlier this week, might not have done so after delivering promotion.
But, make no mistake, United owe him a lot.
An honourable, capable and principled manager. More importantly, perhaps, a thoroughly decent bloke.
One who engendered such loyalty in his colleagues that, as Morgan explained yesterday, he sought Wilson’s permission before accepting a job he craved.
“I owe Danny and (assistant) Frank (Barlow) so much,” Morgan said yesterday. “They gave me a chance in this business and they didn’t have to do that.
“They’ve taught me a lot and I can’t thank them for that enough.”
Unfortunately, despite being blessed with excellent interpersonal skills, Wilson did not enjoy the best of luck.
Doubtless there will be professional regrets when the dust settles and he reflects upon his reign. Persevering too much with individuals guilty of under-performing possibly being one.
But events also conspired against him. The loss of leading goalscorer Ched Evans last season and Shaun Miller’s untimely cruciate injury earlier this being among the most notable.
Wilson, however much his detractors might try and re-write history, was responsible for producing arguably the most entertaining team United have witnessed in recent years.
And which, in normal circumstances, would have climbed out of the third tier.
Unfortunately for Wilson and Barlow, 2011/12 was no normal campaign.
Morgan, of course, needs no introduction to the Bramall Lane faithful having previously served as a coach and a player.
Proud, fearless and possessed with a burning will to win, he embodies all of the qualities to which United should aspire.
Nevertheless, despite building a formidable reputation as an old school centre-half, former comrades have insisted Morgan cuts a very different figure behind the scenes.
Make no mistake, like his number two David Unsworth, the 35-year-old will not suffer fools gladly or entertain players unwilling to graft or commit themselves to a club they both hold dear.
Morgan and Unsworth, though, are intelligent and inquisitive individuals keen to embrace new methods and pick some of the brightest brains in the game.
If they do fail to restore United’s Championship status this term, it won’t be through lack of effort or application.
And, it is a mark of Wilson and Barlow’s class, that their first thought after leaving was to wish Morgan, Unsworth and the squad they have inherited all the very best.
“Danny told us to go out there and get promotion,” Morgan said. “To go out there, do our best and finish the job off.”