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Breaking News: Chris Wilder Set To Leave Role As Sheffield United Manager

Alex Reid

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Breaking News: Chris Wilder Set To Leave Role As Sheffield United Manager

Chris Wilder is set to leave his post as Sheffield United manager today, according to several news reports.

The Blades boss has been in charge of the club since 2016 and overseen their incredible rise from League One to the Premier League.

However the BBC, talkSPORT and various other news outlets are now reporting that the 53-year-old Sheffield United manager is all set to leave his current role with immediate effect. An internal dispute regarding the appointment of a director of football is said to be a key factor in the decision.

Sheffield United are currently bottom of the Premier League, 12 points from safety after 28 games as they've struggled to replicate last season's success.

But news suggests that it's not results that are behind Wilder's sudden departure, but rather a fallout with the club's board over the owners' desire to appoint a director of football, above the manager's position.

While there seemed relatively little pressure on Wilder given all that he's achieved at the club and the immense support he retains with the majority of fans, there has been criticism that the club's transfer record over the past 12 months has not been a success.

Rhian Brewster might be the most prominent example of this, as the forward signed for a reported £23.5 million from Liverpool has failed to score in any of the 22 games he's played for Sheffield United.

If the owners believe that handing over transfer decisions to a director of football above the manager is part of the plan going forward, it could have led to a dispute with Wilder over his exact role at the club.

Whatever happens going forward, Wilder's place as one of the best managers in Sheffield United's modern history seems assured.

Featured image credit: PA Images

Topics: Chris Wilder, Sheffield United, Premier League

Alex Reid
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