Chris Wilder insists he very much still has the fire in his belly when it comes to being manager of Sheffield United.
Questions over the Blades boss’s future have dominated talk among a lot of fans this past week, with rumours surfacing last weekend that Wilder may have even tendered his resignation at the club.
However, Wilder has remained in charge and those rumours have dipped away a bit, although the club or the manager haven’t entirely shut things down.
But speaking ahead of the clash with Newcastle today, Wilder insisted he very much still has the passion and drive for the job, albeit if results are hurting him at the moment.
“What do you think? If I didn’t then I’d look at myself because I’d think that I didn’t care about it and I’d not be bothered and just get a bottle of beer and watch TV. The fire is incredibly burning,” Wilder commented.
However, he also admitted that results are making things more difficult at the moment.
“I don’t know if you’ve looked at the table recently. I get hurt by results. I’m sure when you see a result of Sheffield United you don’t turn the TV off and pop out a bottle of Prosecco or a can of John Smiths,” Wilder added.
United take on Newcastle tomorrow knowing nothing less than a win will do, especially with games against Spurs and both Manchester clubs to come.
Wilder still passionate but things are taking their toll
And that isn’t a criticism of the manager, at all. Anyone can be under pressure and feel the strain in their job, so Wilder must be feeling pressures he hasn’t felt in his management career.
There’s clearly some sort of disagreement off the field or with the board in terms of recruitment, although that does just remain speculation of course.
Wilder will be desperate for the win tomorrow. The Blades got the monkey off their back at the weekend and there’s no better way to bring good feeling back into the club by landing that first PL three points tomorrow.