After another successful week of Premier League football, Chris Wilder is being backed by a host of people to win manager of the year, including, it seems, former Arsenal man, Lee Dixon.
Wilder has led the Blades to fifth in the Premier League so far. Following the weekend’s win over Bournemouth, the club now sits just two points behind the Champions League places.
That form has led to a fierce debate emerging about who should win the Manager of the Year title. Of course, Jurgen Klopp is most people’s favourite. Having led Liverpool to the league title (more or less), he’s also ensured Liverpool remain unbeaten.
Add this to winning the Champions League in 2019 and then the Club World Cup in December and it’s hard to deny the German.
However, Dixon has argued that Wilder is, in fact, doing a better job than Klopp.
“Arguably he has done a better job than what Jurgen Klopp is doing,” Dixon said. (The Mirror)
“That place just seems to breathe hard work, that’s a given, you’ve got to give that. It’s not something you turn around and get praised for because that’s your job. Work hard. The way that they are playing, the tactics, he has surprised a lot of opposition, the way they are playing. So arguably, I think he should be up there at the top of that list.”
Dixon’s comments come in the wake of others who have also backed the Blades boss. Jamie Redknapp called on both Klopp and Wilder to be awarded recognition, while Brian Deane also believes Wilder deserves the award.
Momentum is building
In reality, Jurgen Klopp will probably win the award. Rightly so, too, in a lot of people’s eyes. His Liverpool team have been nothing short of superb and could well end up winning everything this season.
However, there is a wave of support for Wilder. And while Klopp might get the award, it won’t be without a fight.
It’s quite astounding, really. Few gave the Blades even a sniff of survival at the start of the season. Now, we are sat talking about winning awards and qualifying for Europe.
Truly remarkable stuff from Wilder and his team.