Sheffield United: Blades shouldn't rush to appoint new boss - Morgan

Chris Morgan readily admits himself he'd love to be a manager one day but he is under no illusions, not just yet.

The United skipper could be another Gary Speed in five years' time and was sad to see the Welshmman leave for Wales but says the Blades must now take as long as necessary to name his successor.

Speed left his position as Blades boss on Tuesday after less than four months in charge, the 41-year-old finding the lure of managing his country too strong to resist.

Morgan, United's dedicated but at present injured skipper, had been one of the biggest backers of Speed's initial appointment as United boss and the United captain makes no bones about their former manager's departure being a big blow.

Once again, just four months after the departure of Kevin Blackwell, a betting market on next Sheffield United manager is available with Micky

Adams strong favourite ahead of the likes of Phil Brown, Chris Hughton

and current caretaker boss John Carver.

Carver will be assisted by Sam Ellis and to a degree Morgan but while

United's skipper doesn't know who Speed's long-term successor will be, the 33-year-old insists the club taking their time is a must.

Sparking to Yorkshire Sport this week about the departure of Speed, Morgan said: "When you lose a manager and a manager leaves, everybody's sad.

"After three months I think Gary was just getting into it and I think he said all along as though he felt he needed three or four additions

to the squad to make us a little bit better.

"I think he was looking forward to January and maybe bringing a few players in but I think when your country comes calling it's always going to be a hard one to turn them down.

"I think he's a young, ambitious coach and to be offered the job to go in and coach your national team –he's a proud man, he always showed that when we played – and I think he'll look forward to getting his teeth into something new.

"He addressed all of us this week and said he felt disappointed to be leaving because he felt as though he could do a good job here but I think he just felt that the Wales job was too big to turn down.

"From the club's point of view I think it's going to be important – as Trevor Birch has already said – that we take our time and hopefully, get the right man to take over from Gary."

Time is something Morgan himself is not short of at present with the Barnsley-born ace having been ruled out for the season with cruciate

ligament damage.

The tough central defender is used to wear and tear but never in 15 years as a professional has he experienced an injury as serious as this.

Morgan remains in a leg brace but will have that removed by Christmas and apart from anything else he is looking forward to having his mobility back!

"It's the first time I've had an injury like this and when you first get told you've done something as bad as what I've done, it's obviously not nice," he said.

"But it's just one of those things that you've got to get on with.

"I've had the operation done and then you are just preparing yourself for the road back and the rehab. I've got some good (people] down at the club and good physios and to be fair in a daft way I am looking forward now.

"I've had the operation so I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into

the rehab and looking at cracking on a litle bit.

"For the last six weeks since my operation I've not been able to do

anything – I was on crutches for the first four weeks and I am still on a leg brace until just before Christmas.

"It's been difficult because I've not been able to do anything.

"I think once the leg brace is off and I can crack on a little bit then I think I will feel a bit better."

But Morgan admits that is likely to be the start of season 2011-12 before he'll be back in the first-team picture – and that's at a push.

Still, in telling his club to take their time in not rushing the appointment of a new manager, Morgan is quite happy to take his time as well.

Assessing the date of his likely comeback he added: "The surgeon has said nine to 12 months.

"He said if I could get back within 12 months he'd be happy.

"I think from my point of view I suppose I've got to be looking at getting back by pre-season when the rest of the lads go back in July.

"I'll work up back from the operation to getting back for pre-season and then just try and get some game time and then just build it up. Hopefully I'll start the season.

"If I'm ready then fantastic and if I'm not then I've just got to make sure that I go back when the knee's right because the surgeon did warn me not to come back too early because there is always the danger of taking 10 steps back at the same time.

"I've got to be patient, I've got to work on my rehab and if I can do pre-season with the lads that will be a big bonus from my point of view."

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