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Promotion is the aim

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13:00 11th April 2013

Getting promotion to the Championship is at the heart of Sheffield United's decision for a change in team management.


The League One club began a new era today (Thursday) with former captain and first team coach Chris Morgan taking over the reigns as manager until the end of the season. He will be assisted by former player and now academy coach David Unsworth.


Football Club Chairman David Green outlined the reasons for the change in management. He said: "We have taken a reasoned decision to change the management on the back of some poor results, especially at Bramall Lane, which have put our promotion hopes in a certain amount of jeopardy.


"At this late stage in the season the Board felt that management change was in the best interests for everyone. We now have a mini-season within a season to ensure we get success and do not fail in our objective of promotion.


"Regretfully, in respect of Danny, with our desires it was felt we needed to make a change so that we make the most of our three remaining home games and two away fixtures."


Club owner Kevin McCabe added: "We are in fortunate position that we don't have to make a permanent decision. In Chris Morgan we have an individual who is close to the club and knows what makes it tick. He's a former player, captain and coach who has been at the heart of United since 2003.


"We are confident we will not fail, we are not planning to fail in our drive for promotion."


Mr McCabe paid personal tributes to both Danny Wilson and assistant manager Frank Barlow following their departure from the Blades.


He said: "Once again I want to thank Danny and Frank for all their endeavours and hard work over the past two seasons. This was a very difficult decision to make as Danny is a friend and I've always admired his managerial capabilities."


Looking ahead to the countdown to the end of the season, Chris Morgan said: "We have the players, we have the fans. I will do everything in my power to get us to the Championship. We will be giving it our all."


More to follow on sufc.co.uk throughout the day.