Chris Wilder leaves struggling Sheffield United side after 5 years at the club.

BREAKING NEWS: Chris Wilder has left Sheffield United

Lewis Thompson
12th March 2021
Twitter @The_Bladesman
Wilder’s departure leaves Sheffield bottom of the Premier League having played 28 games and having only gathered a disappointing 14 points. Last season the Blades were on fire finishing ninth in league in their first top-flight campaign since 2006/07, however teams quickly managed to figure out their style of play and it just has not worked out for them this season.

In Chris Wilder’s first season at Bramall Lane, he guided the club to promotion from League One and two seasons later he had gotten them into the Premier League, which was an exceptional achievement for the Blades.

Being 12 points from safety with only 10 games left to play, they desperately need to pick up results if they want any hope of playing in the Premier League this season.

Reports are circulating that there have been arguments between Wilder and club owner Abdullah Bin Musa’ad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, over the appointment of a director of football, as the owner is apparently not happy with Wilder’s recent recruitment. Tension was growing between the pair during the January transfer window and he almost left then.

The Blades visit Leicester City on Sunday who sit third-placed in the league and any form of result for them would be vital.

So, who will replace Chris Wilder as the new Sheffield United manager for the rest of the season?

Frank Lampard, Paul Heckingbottom and Eddie Howe have been named among the bookies favourites to take over the vacancy.

Due to his role as under-23s manager, Heckingbottom looks to be the most likely to take charge at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, whether it be temporary or a permanent role. The Englishman is well known at Sheffield United, and it would be a familiar and easy transition for him to quickly move on to the senior set-up.

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