Blades boss, Chris Wilder, has been handed yet another award ahead of his side’s trip to Liverpool today.
Wilder, who has led United to eighth in the Premier League table this season following promotion, has already won a number of accolades in the last 12 months.
Indeed, he won the LMA Manager of the Year award for last season. In winning that honour, he pipped the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to top spot.
And it appears Wilder has been at it again, with the established media outlet, ‘The Sack Race’, awarding Wilder their ‘Manager of the Decade’ award yesterday.
Commenting on Wilder’s phenomenal achievements in the last ten years, they wrote:
“An exceptional man-manager, tactical innovator, forward-thinking, straight-shooting, gaffer who exudes passion, maximise strengths, switches styles and creates winning cultures,” they said.
“A man of the people with an honour-drenched CV who has worked and continues to work wonders. Which, in turn, has transformed him into the most coveted English manager in the game today.”
The comments are quite the compliment for the Sheffield United boss. However, never one to rest on his laurels, he will be hoping to go even between 2020 and 2030.
What has Wilder done to pick up the award?
Well, where do you start? Success in this last decade has been a regular occurrence for Wilder and his assistant, Alan Knill.
Two promotions with Sheffield United and their current form speaks for itself. But it’s his achievements at other clubs that have turned heads too.
He won promotion at Northampton under a cloud of uncertainty. It was a time when players were not getting paid, but Wilder, somehow, steered the club away from relegation fodder to promotion candidates.
Prior to his spell with the Cobblers, he won promotion from the National League with Oxford. From there, he established the U’s in League Two before moving to Northampton.
He’s won manager of the year in the Championship, League One, and League Two. His LMA award last season just the icing on the cake for the Blades boss.
One thing is for sure with Chris Wilder despite picking up award after award, and that’s that he, or his players, won’t sit back and allow things to go stale.
He will keep driving the club on with the ultimate goal of establishing the Blades as Premier League force.