Never short on an opinion, Talksport pundit Adrian Durham has said Sheffield United are accepting relegation by sticking with Chris Wilder.
Wilder saw the Blades make it 12 without a win at the weekend, with Southampton the latest to take three points from United.
However, Prince Abdullah – quite rightly – has backed Wilder over the last few days, saying he believes the Blades boss to be the right man even if we do end up going down.
But speaking on Talksport today, Durham – who had plenty to say last season and was made to eat his words – offered his thoughts.
“If they do stick with him they’re basically saying they’re absolutely fine with relegation. One point from 12 is an absolute shocker”, Durham said.
“I go back to Leicester with Ranieri. They didn’t hestitate cos they didn’t want to go down. And they had no problem in firing the manager who had just won them the Premier League.
“I can understand the sentiment, but they’re basically accepting relegation if they stick with Chris Wilder.”
Durham likes to speak candidly and drew the ire of United fans last season when he called Billy Sharp a League One level striker.
Where do you start with this?
Anyone who listens to Talksport knows that Durham likes to make his opinions heard and he isn’t frightened of trying to rile people.
And while he’s entitled to talk about us given our poor start, his comments about ‘accepting relegation’ are a bit nonsensical.
No other manager is going to come in and magically motivate and improve these players to do any better than they are. They are, from the outside looking in, all fully behind Wilder and still love playing for him.
Yes, there might be an acceptance of relegation from within the club. But that’s not an acceptance that we sack the manager. It simply won’t happen, and given the owner outright said as much yesterday, it’s a bit bizarre for Durham to say what he has here.