KEVIN McCabe, the Sheffield United owner, has outlined the qualities which persuaded Bramall Lane’s hierarchy to install Chris Morgan as manager, writes James Shield.
The Star can reveal that, far from being a fait accompli, Morgan’s appointment came after United’s board of directors explored a number of potential options following Danny Wilson’s departure on Wednesday evening.
McCabe, who admitted United’s disappointing home form had prompted a change at the helm, said: “We’ve seen a change in football lately with a lot of younger guys coming in.
“Chris has got leadership which is an essential ingredient. He’s also astute in terms of tactics and has the ability to make tough decisions.
“Chris will bring a different style of leadership. A different way we hope will get us across the line and so is the obvious choice.”
Morgan, aged 35, takes charge for the first time against Swindon Town tomorrow. He will be assisted by David Unsworth while Richard Cresswell is also expected to join Morgan’s staff next week. The striker recently joined York on loan.
Confirming Morgan’s position will be reviewed at the end of “a five match mini-season,” McCabe added: “Chris is at the helm therefore Chris has the opportunity to make the job permanent.”
Wilson, who was appointed following United’s relegation from the Championship in 2011, was axed despite steering them to fifth in the League One table. But the South Yorkshire club have failed to win at Bramall Lane since February; a frustrating sequence culminating in Tuesday’s defeat by Crawley Town.
McCabe said: “I want to pay a personal tribute to Danny who is also a good friend and a good manager. It might seem strange but we’ve done this to try and give ourselves the best possible chance.”