Chris Wilder in, Steve Bruce out? – Intriguing new claims emerge on ex-Sheffield Utd boss

Duncan Castle of The Times believes that Chris Wilder is being lined up for the Newcastle job should Mike Ashley eventually choose to sack Steve Bruce.

Wilder recently left hometown club Sheffield United after a disastrous season that has left them rock-bottom in the top flight for the majority of the campaign.

He did, however, guide them to the promised land of the Premier League from League One and leaves The Blades with his reputation still very much intact.

They were the surprise package of the 2019/20 season and at one point looked set to scrape a shock European place, but ultimately finished a very respectable 9th place.

Castle’s comments come following our dismal 3-0 loss to Brighton on the South Coast, which leaves us with just two wins in our last 20 matches.

Here is what he said on the Transfer Window podcast:

“I think it’s right to say that it fits a pattern of appointments for Mike Ashley,”

“He wouldn’t be that expensive and he knows how to handle a club in the Championship, should Newcastle go down, which might also be in Mike Ashley’s thoughts, to have someone ready to have them promoted again.

“He did a phenomenally good job at Sheffield United and then historically the worst start in Premier League history and I think that was to do with the unique tactical approach and clubs figuring that out.

“It would be interesting for his coaching credentials because he got lifted up to some of the top jobs in England football last season, to see how he would do at Newcastle, how quickly he could make an impact.”

Taking Sheffield Utd to the top flight from the third tier is a better achievement than Steve Bruce’s finest hour in management, which is taking Hull to the FA Cup final in 2014.

However, I for one wouldn’t be inspired by appointing Wilder and don’t really consider him as somebody we should be in for.

The attacking players in our squad would be more suited to somebody who can play on the front foot and hurt opposition defences. Somebody like Eddie Howe, for example. That said, convincing him to head north under Ashley’s ownership may be easier said than done!

After being on course to record one of the lowest ever points tally in Premier League history before he was shown the door by The Blades’ Saudi owners, is Wilder really the answer?

Better than Bruce, but that doesn’t take much…

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5 thoughts on “Chris Wilder in, Steve Bruce out? – Intriguing new claims emerge on ex-Sheffield Utd boss

  1. If you think Sheffield Uniteds style was figured out you’re way off the mark.

    Sheffield United haven’t played the same style that they succeeded with.

    The reason for this is Wilder walking around the place with a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp since March last year.

    Something has obviously annoyed him regarding the boardroom, but instead of getting on with his job, he’s effectively given the team zero management and sat down waiting for the sack.

    The sack wasn’t forthcoming which made him angrier and angrier until we reached a point two weeks ago where he wanted to resign but still get his contract paid up.

    Typical Sheffield United, not much good happens to start with, but when it does it will be ruined almost immediately.


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