Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is being tipped to be in the running for the Manager of the Year award by Ian Holloway.
The Blades boss has led United to sixth this season. Another win at the weekend against Burnley propelling them up the table.
Wilder was recognised last season when he won the LMA Manager of the Year award. His Blades side finished second in the Championship, pipping Leeds United to Championship promotion.
But the performance levels haven’t dipped in the Premier League. Wilder has led United on a four game unbeaten run. They are currently level with Leicester as having the best defence in the league.
And former Blackpool and Leicester boss, Ian Holloway, insists Wilder should once again be the conversation.
“Chris Wilder, at the minute, if you’re going to give a manager of the year award, is definitely pushing the top two,” Holloway said on Talksport.
What’s the story?
Holloway and Alan Brazil were talking about potential big jobs for British coaches. With Man United and Arsenal both struggling, Wilder was mentioned alongside Leicester boss, Brendan Rodgers.
The clamour for Wilder is growing seemingly week by week. Yesterday saw Tony Cascarino say that he believes both clubs should be looking at Wilder’s achievements at Bramall Lane.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are, rightly, the names mentioned as the top bosses in the game. Both Liverpool and City were superb last season and deserve all the plaudits they get.
However, Wilder is bucking the trend of the need for top foreign coaches.
It’s impossible to say whether Wilder would jump at one of these jobs. He loves Sheffield United. They are playing a fantastic brand of football and making a big mark on the Premier League.
The question is, how do you turn down such a call if it comes?
Man United, especially, are still one of the biggest clubs in world football. If Wilder continues as he is and United maintain their form, then there’s no reason why Ed Woodward won’t come knocking.
Sheffield United fans will hope Chris Wilder stays put. Even if he does win the prestigious award once again.