Premier League strugglers Sheffield United have this evening confirmed the exit of manager Chris Wilder, by mutual consent.
Wilder moves on
The campaign to date has of course proven nothing short of a disaster for the Blades.
On the back of a stellar first season back in the top-flight, which saw the Bramall Lane outfit secure a hugely impressive 9th-placed finish, Wilder and co. since struggled to string together any sort of consistent stretch of positive results.
In fact, United’s failure to secure a victory in any of their first 17 outings of the campaign saw the club set an altogether unwanted Premier League record.
Sheffield United are winless in 17 Premier League games this season, the longest winless streak from the start of a campaign in PL history.
The last time an English side waited this long for their first win of a top-flight season was in 1902/1903. 😬 pic.twitter.com/xeXGCSko8E
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) January 2, 2021
The Blades, to their credit, have since managed 4 wins from their ensuing 11 Premier League outings, but even this leaves them cut adrift at the English top-flight’s basement, a full 12 points from safety.
And such woes, in turn, had resulted in inevitable speculation surrounding the future of Chris Wilder of late.
Despite having enjoyed a historic 5-year stint in Sheffield, the writing had begun to look very much on the wall for the English tactician this week, on the back of yet another home defeat at the hands of Southampton.
In turn, after reports began to mount on Friday that a change at the helm was imminent at Bramall Lane, the news has this evening been confirmed.
Wilder and Sheffield United have parted ways with immediate effect, by what has been described as ‘mutual consent’:
Sheffield United confirms that Chris Wilder has left the Club by mutual consent.
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) March 13, 2021
Wilder, though, may not remain out of work for long.
The 53-year-old is widely reported to be in demand at Celtic Park, with the Bhoys on the lookout for a new boss after seeing Rangers dominate en route to the Scottish Premiership title.
In fact, it has even been claimed that the delay in confirmation of Wilder’s Bramall Lane exit came with Sheffield United having been demanding compensation for their boss from the Scottish giants.
It now remains to be seen whether a deal is indeed struck between the Celtic hierarchy, and the experienced tactician.
— Sheffield United News (@SheffieldUNews) March 13, 2021