Relegation looks a certainty for Sheffield United but it seems as though Chris Wilder is set to stay on as boss next year, assuming the board grant him this request.
Sheffield United have 14 points from 27 games and sit 12 points from safety. Therefore, it’s fair to say that relegation is all but confirmed this season. But Chris Wilder’s message to the board would imply that he plans to stick around next campaign.
That is if they do as he asks. Wilder has noted that “we need to keep everybody together and go again” before name dropping 4 players in particular that he doesn’t want to see leave. “The likes of (Rhian) Brewster, Sander (Berge), Rammo (Aaron Ramsdale) and (Oli) McBurnie”. The issue here though is that some of these players will be sought after in the summer. Sander Berge is on many teams’ radar including fellow Premier League side Aston Villa. West Ham are reportedly interested in Aaron Ramsdale, and other important players such as John Egan and Jack O’Connell are talented enough to be playing Premier League football.
Wilder has always been one to speak his mind and he would definitely speak out against the board of they choose to cash in on some of their more valuable assets instead of backing the promotion push next season.
The current squad would most likely bounce back from the Championship, but keeping a relegated squad together is never an easy task. However, Wilder seems keen to prevent the team from breaking up.