Sheffield United defender Jake Wright thinks Blades manager Chris Wilder would be tempted by a job at “one of the top clubs.”
Wright has recently returned to Bramall Lane following a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. The 33-year-old joined the South Yorkshire club shortly after Wilder arrived as boss in 2016.
Prior to that Wright spent four-and-a-half seasons under his management at Oxford United.
Wilder is a boyhood fan of the Blades and a former academy product and player. He has guided them from League One to the Premier League in less than four years in charge.
Ahead of tonight’s match with West Ham United, they are eighth in the table with 29 points after 21 games.
Yet Wright thinks that Wilder could be convinced to leave if the right offer came along.
“This is his dream job but if one of the top clubs came calling – no disrespect to Sheffield United – then it would be a difficult decision for him,” the centre-back told BBC Sport.
“I know he’s very motivated and he wants to achieve as much as he can. I’m sure he’ll have a lot of opportunities in the future.”
Who would Wilder leave the Blades for?
It’s difficult to determine who Wright ranks as one of the “top clubs.” This evening’s opponents, West Ham, were linked with Wilder before Manuel Pellegrini was sacked.
Yet nothing ever materialised as David Moyes eventually replaced Pellegrini at the London Stadium. Which is perhaps unsurprising, considering Wilder’s men currently sit eight places and seven points ahead of the Hammers.
It could be argued that despite it being their first top flight campaign in 12 years, the Blades are more than a match for the majority of the teams in the division.
With Wilder at the helm a top half finish is realistic. Then, with the right backing, they could push towards being regular European contenders.
Perhaps the only clubs beyond their reach in terms of wealth and ambition is the traditional top six. Arguably Everton could also be included.
None of those jobs are available as things stand, but the next time they do expect Wilder’s name to be in the mix.