The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Alan Biggs

SUR­PRISE new Sh­effield United boss Chris Mor­gan ad­mits it is his play­ers who will make or break his chair­man’s de­mand for pro­mo­tion – and with it his chances of land­ing the job.

When owner Kevin Mc­Cabe axed Danny Wil­son in mid­week he gam­bled on former Blades skip­per Mor­gan’s “dif­fer­ent kind of lead­er­ship” to see the team back up into the Cham­pi­onship.

But the fledg­ling coach – the ju­nior of three mem­bers of Wil­son’s man­age­ment regime – im­me­di­ately passed the re­spon­si­bil­ity to the dress­ing room.

That pro­vided more am­muntion for crit­ics of Mc­Cabe’s sud­den de­ci­sion to re­place an ex­pe­ri­enced boss, who boasted a win ra­tio of nearly 52 per cent in two sea­sons at Bra­mall Lane, with a com­plete novice.

As Mor­gan him­self ad­mit­ted, af­ter four home games with­out a goal go­ing into yes­ter­day’s 2-0 de­feat of Swin­don:“If I knew what was wrong I’d have aired it.”

How­ever, the 35-year-old’s no-non­sense style as a coura­geous cen­tre-half has al­ways proved in­spi­ra­tional to team­mates, not least in his nine years at Bra­mall Lane as a player.

And Mc­Cabe is gam­bling on Mor­gan hav­ing a sim­i­lar gal­vanis­ing ef­fect as a player.

Mor­gan threw th­ese ques­tions straight at his play­ers: “Is it pres­sure from play­ing at home? Is it the big crowds? Do we freeze? The abil­ity is there so it has to be some­thing.

“The play­ers have put them­selves in a fan­tas­tic po­si­tion and it will be they who clinch pro­mo­tion or they who don’t.”

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