MORGAN: IT’S UP TO THE PLAYERS
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.”