‘Nothing to lose’ What Sheffield United fans made of Chris Wilder’s West Brom links
Supporters of Sheffield United have offered a rather sceptical response to the news that West Bromwich Albion are interested in luring Chris Wilder to The Hawthorns.
Wilder, who has just led the Blades back to the Premier League after a top two finish, is reportedly unhappy with goings on behind the scenes at Bramall Lane.
The two owners of the club, Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who have taken their long-running dispute to the High Court in London.
It’s certainly a feud that has had a detrimental effect on Wilder’s preparations to lead the club back into the top flight, and that’s something that has left him particularly frustrated.
It’s believed that Albion , among other clubs in England’s top two divisions, are looking at potentially capitalising on the situation by offering him the opportunity to lead the Baggies into the new Championship campaign.
They were linked with a move for Wilder last summer – Albion eventually handed the job to Darren Moore, and they haven’t had a permanent manager since his sacking in March.
Boyhood Blades fan Wilder, 51, has been in the Steel City since he took over in 2016 and has overseen two promotions in that time.
This is what the dubious Blades fanbase made of the speculation on Friday.
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Nathan : IF and it’s a very big if Wilder does go, I’d like to see Chris Hughton as his replacement at BDTBL… Don’t think Wilder will leave us by the way, just saying!
Blades Mad : Initial thoughts are ‘no chance”, but if CW’s frustrations at board level are worse than we all fear then should we be worried about stuff like this? Can’t stop speculation and suppose it’s to be expected. Can’t see it, but football can be crazy.
KPoulsen : Wilder has nothing to lose at United! If we stay up with no budget he’s a genius, if we get relegated people will know the reason and his reputation stays intact
Richard Bunning: the speculation won’t go away while the boardroom mess is ongoing, and if he doesn’t feel like he’s being sufficiently backed after the miracles he’s worked then who could blame him for jumping ship, this would just be typical of United
James Fletcher: Wilder might be fed up with the squabbles but there is no way he’d drop down a division. If a half decent Prem club came in there might be an issue
Paul Walker : More chance of me becoming PM
Jonathan : He will never ever go right now, doesn’t matter how bad behind the scenes are!! Next year, who’s knows
Were West Brom right to sack Darren Moore?
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Daniel Lewis Spencer: No chance. That’s what they’re hoping for. I think if the board turned around and said you’ve got no money to spend unfortunately Chris, he’d still have a crack at it. If he left, he’ll always wonder what if
Stuart Angus: As if he’s gonna leave us when he’s living his dream. He is a fan that has grown up supporting the Blades and he finally has the chance to manage us in the Prem. No way he passes up that opportunity. Will be a long summer with rumours like this
Rob Brown: He’s the best manager in all divisions, not me saying that but the league managers voted him LMA manager of the year. If you’re the best you’re going to be wanted by everyone, for me it’s a sideways move at best.
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