11:50am Monday 15th April 2013
By Steve Hollis
Crawley boss Richie Barker has emerged as a potential candidate for the vacant manager’s job at Sheffield United.
The Blades parted company with Danny Wilson following their 2-0 defeat against the Reds at Bramall Lane last Tuesday, with Chris Morgan put in charge until the end of the season.
Morgan is favourite to get the job on a permanent basis but the chances of that would depend heavily on whether he can guide United to promotion to the Championship this season.
Stuart McCall and Neil Warnock have also been linked with the job but Sheffield-born Barker is seen as a potential option by Blades owner Kevin McCabe.
McCabe was impressed with the way Barker plotted Crawley’s victory at Bramall Lane last week and how he has guided Reds into the top half of the table in their first season in League One.
Barker is well known at Bramall Lane having spent three years as an academy coach at the club where he helped develop current first team players like Callum McFadzean and George Long.
The fact Barker began his career at Sheffield Wednesday could count against him but McCabe proved he had no problem appointing a manager with connections to United city rivals by previously giving appointing Wilson.
Crawley defender Connor Essam, who scored in the 2-0 victory over Coventry City on Saturday, said: "I think he is always going to get linked with jobs as he's a young manager who has done well but the feeling we have got at the club at the moment is great so I don’t think any of us want to see the gaffer leave."
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