Former Ireland midfielder Lee Carsley gets axed by Blades

Patrick McCarry

LEE CARSLEY’S SECOND stint in coaching has lasted three months and 10 games. The former Ireland midfielder has been “relieved” from his role as David Weir’s assistant coach at Sheffield United.

The news is not much better for Weir, who was also sacked by the League One side after a disastrous start to the season. United have won just one game, drawing two and losing seven, and lie 22nd in the league.

Weir and Carsley, teammates at Everton until their recent retirements, won their first league game in charge but struggled to impose their new gameplan as the Blades scored just six goals in their 10 outings.

Carsley made a name for himself as a combative centre-midfielder with Derby and then Everton. He appeared 40 times for Ireland, between 1999 and 2008, and travelled to the 2002 World Cup with the Boys in Green. He was an assistant coach with the Coventry first team last season.

A statement, released by United, revealed that they aim to appoint a new management team on a permanent basis as quickly as possible

Chief executive Julian Winter said, ”First and foremost all at Sheffield United… wish David and Lee all the best for the future. None of us wanted to be in this position at this point in the season. David’s appointment was made as part of developing a new phase at the club.

“Chris Morgan has been asked and agreed to take an interim role in charge of Sunday’s team. He knows the players and will be doing his utmost to get a return to winning ways.”

Morgan said: “The club have made me aware of the situation and I am happy to step in and work with the players for the Coventry game.”

The club will be making no further statement until the appointment of a new manager. The early favourite to take over from Weir, however is former Derby boss Nigel Clough.

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