Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder, is being backed for a job at either Arsenal or Spurs.
Wilder has led United to fifth in the Premier League table this season. His team have the second best defence around and are currently on a five match unbeaten run.
That run has seem them take three points off Arsenal, as well as a hard-earned point at Spurs. A win over Burnley and then another two draws, at West Ham and Watford, respectively, complete said run.
And one former Gunner is once again backing Chris Wilder to land a top job.
“Chris Wilder has done a fantastic job at Sheffield United and deserves a crack at a really big job at some point,” Paul Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
Merson was talking particularly about the jobs at Arsenal and Spurs. Both clubs have managers under pressure as things stand, with Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino both struggling to get their team on a run of consistent form.
“We should all be talking about him right now but we’re not. Maybe his name’s too English? But look at what he’s achieved. He was successful at Oxford and Northampton. Two tough jobs. And he’s taken Sheffield United back into the Premier League,” Merson added.
Like some other pundits who are gradually coming round to the ‘Sheffield United way’, Merson is recognising Wilder’s abilities as a coach.
The former England and Arsenal man spoke candidly about Wilder earlier in the week on Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’, saying similar things about Wilder then.
Merson has been impressed with what he has seen from United and went on to highlight difference he saw when the Blades took down Arsenal last month.
“I watched them play Arsenal and there was only one team who knew what they were doing. Arsenal had no idea. That’s good coaching.”
Wilder’s charges take on Manchester United next weekend following the international break. They’ll look to make it three home clean-sheets on the bounce.
There’s every chance, then, if they see off Man U, that Spurs and Arsenal could be coveting Chris Wilder a little bit more.