Plans for Phil Jagielka to move into a coaching role at Sheffield United have been cast into doubt by the exit of Chris Wilder.
Yorkshire Live reports that the future of Jagielka at Bramall Lane is now less certain following Wilder’s departure.
The veteran defender is out of contract this summer and was being lined up for a coach’s position.
Jagielka has been praised for his work off the field since returning to the Blades in the summer of 2019 after their promotion to the Premier League.
Jack O’Connell, for example, has spoken publicly about the influence the 38-year-old has had on him.
Wilder himself said Jagielka was an inspiration to the rest of the first team.
Yet the centre-back staying at United beyond this season now seem less certain. It will now be down to the board, or a last minute decision from whomever succeeds Wilder as manager, as to whether Jagielka stays.
Phil Jagielka would be a huge loss to Sheffield United
Since returning to South Yorkshire following 12 years at Everton, Jagielka has played more than many would probably have expected.
This has partly been down to injuries, with the England international making 20 appearances over the past two campaigns.
But Jagielka has shown that despite turning 39 in August, he can still be an asset on the pitch.
However, he knows that is unlikely to continue for much longer. Yet with 374 top flight games and 40 international caps to his name, Jagielka has plenty to offer others.
He said as much shortly after re-joining the Blades in 2019.
Which is why whomever succeeds Wilder at Bramall Lane would be foolish not to utilise that.
They will undoubtedly want to recruit their own coaching staff, but Jagielka could certainly be part of that.
Not only does he have a wealth of experience, but having come through the academy at United and played 274 times for them, he knows the club better than most.
That knowledge and insight cannot be wasted. But it will be unless Jagielka is offered a deal soon.