Sheffield United journalist Richard Sutcliffe has revealed news surrounding recently departed Blades manager Chris Wilder.
This comes after Sutcliffe recently made a guest appearance on the latest episode of The Athletic’s Ornstein & Chapman Podcast where he spoke about a number of topics concerning the Yorkshire club.
On the subject of Wilder’s recent exit from the club and the weeks and months leading up to it, Sutcliffe revealed that Wilder was close to leaving Bramall Lane back in January.
He said: “I certainly know people very, very close to him thought he’d go as well. There was a week until the FA Cup came around, which was Bristol Rovers and he’d just had enough. Everything had built over a couple of months and it got worse and worse and by then, relations had soured.
“I just think the relationship had broken down. It’s been quite remarkable, really, that it’s carried on for another what, nine, ten weeks.”
Wilder was appointed the club’s manager back in May 2016 and went on to take charge of 227 games with the Blades, winning 106 games, drawing 44 and losing 77 in the process (per Transfermarkt).
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Given how Wilder has taken Sheffield United from League One to finishing in ninth place in the Premier League last season, this just goes to show how far he has brought the club in a fairly short space of time since his arrival.
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However, given how much of a disappointing season they’ve had in this campaign, alongside reports of a falling-out with the owners, it’s not surprising that Wilder was considering walking out back in January.
Moving forward, the club will have to work out who they want to permanently replace Wilder and hope it can be someone who is able to repeat or even improve on the progress and success that Wilder had during his time at Bramall Lane.