Sheffield United chairman backs Chris Wilder - Fans have mixed reaction
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Sheffield United chairman backs Chris Wilder - Fans have mixed reaction

Sheffield United chairman Musaad bin Khalid Al Saud has publicly backed manager Chris Wilder.

Wilder is under scrutiny with the Blades having made the worst start in history to a Premier League season.

Their 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was their ninth loss in 10 league games. United are bottom of the table with just a single point.

Yet the club chairman – who is the son-in-law of owner Prince Abdullah – says he’s behind Wilder.


What the fans think about tweet from Sheffield United chairman

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Some supporters have started to voice the opinion that Wilder should be replaced as boss.

They are admittedly in the minority, with most recognising that the 53-year-old deserves time to turn things around after all he has achieved at Bramall Lane.

When Wilder was appointed, the Blades had just finished 11th in League One – their lowest position since 1983.

Since then they have been promoted twice and secured a ninth place finish in the Premier League – their best placing in 28 years.

However, the reaction to the chairman’s message has still been mixed.

It seems most of the United support is still very much behind Wilder, assistant Alan Knill and the rest of his coaching staff.

But there is no hiding from the fact that there are currently huge problems at the club.

Wilder’s men are the lowest scorers in the division with just four goals.

Last term, they relied heavily on their impressive defensive record. Only the top three conceded fewer than them.

Yet this time around, only five teams have let in more than them. There are issues at both ends at the pitch and Wilder arguably faces the toughest prospect of his managerial career to date to try and address it.

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