Chris Wilder

MarkG

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Signs a three year contract extension at Sheffield United.

Very sensible. Presumably on a decent wage for a Premier League club now. Sheffield United are odds-on favourites for relegation and so he could well be out of the door by Christmas if the owners decide he isn't experienced enough to keep the club in the EPL.
 

holdsteady

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If they sack him this season it’s a big pay out for him then he will get the next big championship job going, his recent cv means he is fine whatever happens. He has put himself in a great position since leaving us, shame he couldn’t do it here after the conference promotion.
 

RyanioBirdio

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If they sack him this season it’s a big pay out for him then he will get the next big championship job going, his recent cv means he is fine whatever happens. He has put himself in a great position since leaving us, shame he couldn’t do it here after the conference promotion.
He actually did a quite exceptional job here, given the structure of the club during his time was bare bones to say the least. No analysts, no medical team outside of a basic physio setup, not a single full time scout let alone a head scout / recruitment manager, a small coaching staff of around three underneath him (who, god bless them, weren’t the best coaches ever), a Chairman back and forth across the Atlantic as though he were hopping on a bus, and such tight financial restrictions by a totally disinterested owner that there were some very ‘creative’ alternative funds having to be found, just to be able to get players of any calibre in let alone decent ones. And yet despite this he had us in the top half of L2 every season after we got promoted, and left us top in January when he eventually had enough. People can say the wheels were coming off anyway that season, but that isn’t true - they came off because he left, not because they were doomed to regardless. Look at everything he has achieved since he left. Miraculously keeping Northampton up when they were dead and buried, getting them promoted as champions with nearly 100 points a couple of seasons later when they were practically in administration, two promotions in three seasons with Sheffield Utd to get them into the Prem... he was excellent here. Appleton’s first season saw him finish lower than Wilder ever did with us in L2, and it required a late charge just to get 13th after a season long relegation battle. Bedding in or not, he had five times the structure being built around him that Wilder ever had.

Whether you like him or not as a man, and whatever you thought of some of the football by the end, the guy over performed here.
 
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