Sheffield United: Michael Doyle backs Chris Morgan as manager

Michael Doyle

Sheffield United skipper Michael Doyle believes Chris Morgan would be a popular choice as manager.

Morgan ended the season in caretaker charge of the Blades after the departure of Danny Wilson in April.

The 35-year-old led the club to only two wins from his seven games in charge and they were knocked out in the League One play-off semi-finals by Yeovil.

"I think he'd be a popular appointment because he's been around us for a long time," Doyle told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"He's been on the coaching staff for the last couple of years and you can see him growing all the time and he is going to be a really successful manager.

"We were all shocked when Danny went but he really lifted the group and the performance in the win over Swindon in his first game was probably one of our best of the season.

"He had a chat with us last week and he was very frank and said there'd be changes if he got the job, so we'll have to see what happens."

Blades chief executive Julian Winter revealed last week that Morgan was on a shortlist of seven being considered for the position.

United's failure to gain promotion through the play-offs for the second successive season means they now face a third term in League One.

And Doyle expects it will be even more difficult to gain promotion next season.

"I think it's going to be the toughest League One in a long time. There's going to be nine or 10 teams fighting for play-off places," he said.

"It's going to be so tight that you're going to need to hit the ground running and get points on the board quick.

"I think there'll be a lot of big-name players coming into this division because it's so hard to get contracts now."