Sheffield United: I want to make grade as a coach - Morgan INTERVIEW

Sean O'Driscoll, John Carver and ultimately Micky Adams – all at one point names in the frame to be new Sheffield United boss before the appointment of Adams was finally confirmed.

And, while he won't be taking any managerial reins just yet, skipper Chris Morgan admits such a career is also his intention in years to come.

Skipper Morgan, now 33, faces the rest of this season on the sidelines having suffered knee ligament damage but the defender will be anything but anonymous between now and May.

The club captain says talk of him helping then caretaker boss Carver in a coaching position was slightly wide of the mark but the centre-back will be taking a hands on role and admits that further down the line management is definitely for him.

As the new year begins, Morgan's immediate footballing aim concerns the recovery and rehab from his recent knee surgery with the tough tackler hoping to be fit by the summer and back next August for his ninth season at Bramall Lane.

Several playing years yet remain but long term plans of management – and ideally with the Blades – are definitely in the Yorkshireman's plans.

"I think when you have been a player it's always something automatically that you look at," Morgan told Yorkshire Sport.

"And it's probably been since about last summer when I thought I'd start looking at my coaching badges and it's something that you need to do if you want to put yourself into a position to go on to coach.

"There's a few of us – me, Richard Cresswell, Nick Montgomery, we have all been speaking about starting them so it is something I'd like to do and you think to yourself if I'd have started them last year I might be in position now to help out coaching-wise.

"There's always ifs and buts but it is something I've thought about to be in a position one day to be offered a role. If it was at Sheffield United, that would be even better.

"I'm going to work towards my badges, I'm going to get as qualified and after this season, when I get back to where I want to be, I have got two years left on my playing contract

"I want to go on and play for as long as I can because I feel that once you are retired, and I know it's a cliche, but you are a long time


"But I would love to sink my teeth into managing rather than coaching."

Morgan will get ample opportunity to learn the ropes somewhat for the remainder of this season with the Barnsley-born ace admitting he is more than happy to help in whatever way required.

However, the 6ft 1ins ace says his role is likely to be more mentor and advisor than coach.

He said: "I'd love to be able to get out and coach and be out on the pitch and help with that but I've not got any badges yet and I think my involvement for the rest of the season will be more in and around the players. Basically just what I had been doing anyway, as an injured player or injured captain.

"With me being skipper I think the lads will respect it if I get in amongst them and obviously I want to be in and around the training ground on a day to day basis as well."

Next up for Morgan and United is tomorrow's eagerly awaited home clash with Doncaster before attentions turn to the FA Cup with a tasty home tie against Aston Villa.

A home victory could potentially seriously swell the Bramall Lane coffers but Morgan knows it is matters in the Championship that undoubtedly matter most.

The Blades remain nearer the foot of the division than the play-offs and Morgan admits a decent January is needed to first and foremost take his side clear of the drop zone.

Morgan feels United could yet sneak up on the rails as play-off contenders but knows avoiding getting sucked into a relegation battle is priority number one.

"I think to be honest we are in a false position," said Morgan.

"But I think a lot of clubs are in a false position and I think the best thing we can do is to get some results together, get away from the bottom of the table and I've always said that Christmas is an important time.

"If we can pick up some good results and then come into the new year all of a sudden in mid-table then from January who knows what can happen?

"We've seen it happen before in this division but I think first and foremost, instead of getting carried away and talking about promotion and things like that I think the aim is to get ourselves away from the bottom of the table and kick on.

"The last thing we want to do is to struggle through the new year and be at the bottom as then you are preparing yourself for a fight."

And United's skipper insists a few new additions can only transform the

Blades into one of the Championship's best sides.

"I think if you look at the squad we've got a good squad of players," he said. "I think we all know that we probably need two, three, maybe four additions probably just to freshen things up and I think we've have probably been a little bit short since pre-season really. I think the new manager will come in and strengthen the squad and look to get us moving in the right direction straight away."

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