Sheffield United V Swansea City: Injured captain Morgan rallies to Blades cause

CHAMPIONSHIP: CHRIS MORGAN is confident the spirit within the Sheffield United dressing room will help them through this current period of uncertainty.

United are searching for their second manager in four months following Gary Speed's decision to quit the club for the Wales job with John Carver assuming caretaker control.

Doncaster's Sean O'Driscoll this week hinted he would be open to an approach from the Blades while Micky Adams is another manager in employment linked to the club.

Paul Hart and Phil Brown are out-of-work managers who have pressed their case for the vacancy, but for the time being it is the relatively novice set-up of Carver, Sam Ellis and club captain Morgan that will steer the ship.

Morgan's rise from the ranks has made him the butt of dressing room jokes, but the veteran believes it is that camaraderie which will serve the Blades well.

"We all wear black training kit and the staff wear red and I went in the first morning and there's a red jumper that Rob Kozluk's hung up on my peg," said Morgan.

"And on the drinks room cupboard there's a sign up saying 'Morg's Office' – but all that's good, it helps break the ice and makes things easier with the gaffer (Speed) leaving.

"To have that craic and banter shows the spirit is strong. When things happen like a manager leaving, you need everyone to come together.

"There's nothing wrong with the spirit in the dressing room, people are always quick to jump on that. The spirit's always better when the team's winning, but we've got good characters and a lot of experienced players in there.

"What we have to do is keep everybody's chins up. We've had a couple of disappointing results recently but it's nothing a couple of wins won't change."

Morgan's input as a coach will be limited due to a cruciate ligament injury which has ruled him out for the season and prevents him taking on any training responsibilities.

He also has no coaching badges – something he aims to rectify next summer – but said: "I've said I'll try and help as much as I can, in and around the dressing room, in meetings, generally stuff I would have done as a captain anyway.

"I'll watch our games from the stands, watch other games, anything they ask of me."