This morning the news of Chris Wilder’s shock exit from Brammall Lane was circling around social media but it has since been confirmed. But what’s even more surprising is his replacement.
Sheffield United have had a horrific season so far as they sit rock bottom of the Premier League table with 14 points from 28 games. There have been many factors that have led to this. They have suffered numerous long-term injuries to key players such as Jack O’Connell, they have been unable to finish chances when created, and they spent poorly in the summer. The Blades spent £20 million on forward Rhian Brewster, who is yet to score a goal this season.
There have been rumblings of a problematic relationship between Wilder and the ownership for a while now and it seems to have reached boiling point recently. A pre-match press conference was cancelled, and Wilder has now been relieved of his duties. The reasons why remain unclear as of this moment, but we imagine it must have something to do with a conflict in preparing for next season.
Sheffield United were in a poor position in League 1 when Wilder took over and guided them on a fairy tale story. They were promoted to the Championship in 2017 and would reach the Premier League in 2019, pipping Yorkshire rivals Leeds United to second place. Wilder will forever be remembered for his heroic revolution at Sheffield United, but where do the club go from here?
TalkSPORT have reported that former Leeds and Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom could be in charge for Sheffield United’s next game against Leicester on Sunday. Whilst this may seem like a strange appointment from the outside, he is currently Sheffield United’s Under-23s coach so this is likely just until they can find a long-term replacement.
Paul Heckingbottom and former Celtic manager Neil Lennon are currently the favourites to be the next permanent manager but as of right now, Heckingbottom is the man in charge.