Former Sheffield United captain Chris Morgan has praised current Blades manager Chris Wilder, as the team close in on promotion to the Premier League.
The Blades took a major step towards securing automatic promotion by delivering back-to-back wins over the Easter weekend, and have the chance to all-but confirm their promotion on Saturday.
Morgan was captain when the Blades last won promotion to the top flight in 2005-06 under Sheffield-born manager Neil Warnock, when the team finished second in the table behind Reading.
The centre-back made 274 appearances for the Blades between 2003 and 2012, before serving as a first-team coach and then caretaker manager at Bramall Lane.
The 41-year-old back has heaped praise on Wilder for what he has achieved as Blades manager and is hoping to see his former side achieve promotion this season.
“From me being at that football club as long as I was, I can now see that Chris has put the pride back in Sheffield United,” he told the Yorkshire Post.
“It is an up-and-at-it attacking style and a ‘never-say-die’ approach and a team who never know when they are beaten.
“It has also been a good attacking style which brings plenty of goals.
“For me, that will always be the ‘Sheffield United way’ and is the biggest thing that Chris has brought back into the club.”
Morgan believes there are similarities between the current Sheffield United side and the team who won promotion under Warnock in 2006.
“In many ways, I think Chris has done a similar job to Neil, but a bit quicker,” he said.
“He has had to build a squad and a team, not only to get out of League One, but carry on that momentum and to be where they have been over the past two seasons is an absolute credit.”
Sheffield United are three points ahead of third-placed Leeds United in the Championship table, with just two games to go and have a superior goal difference.
The Blades know that one win from their final two games against Ipswich Town and Stoke City is likely to be good enough to confirm their place in the top flight next season.
I’m sure Morgan will be delighted to see Sheffield United win promotion to the Premier League, having served the club as a player, coach and caretaker manager.
The former Blades captain is right to praise Wilder, who deserves great credit for what he has been able to achieve with the team this season.