Legendary Sheffield United boss, Dave Bassett, has given his full backing to Chris Wilder, despite the Blades’ struggles.
Bassett is often lauded as one of United’s greatest ever managers thanks to his heroics around 30 years ago now. Indeed, Wilder himself has drawn comparisons with Bassett for certain elements of his management style.
Current Blades boss Wilder is under the first real signs of pressure since taking over the club in 2016. However, those inside the club remain 100% behind him, as do the majority of fans.
And Bassett, writing for the Daily Mail this week, believes any thoughts of United sacking Wilder would be ‘suicide’.
“Sheffield United spent six seasons in League One before Chris won promotion. That’s a disgrace for a club of their size. He turned them around and brought them success after some miserable times,” Bassett said.
“It’s true some clubs might have sacked him by now. Watford and Nottingham Forest might have sacked him but Norwich could have got rid of Daniel Farke when they were struggling last season.”
Interestingly, Farke’s Norwich saw off bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday this weekend to continue their march back to the top-flight.
Bassett, then, believes the United board looking to move Wilder one should be the last thing on their mind.
“He’s the best man to keep them up. Tell me someone with better credentials. I hope they’re trying to look after him and support him. They should be trying to keep him for as long as he wants to stay,” Bassett added.
Echoing the thoughts of the majority
There won’t be anyone writing on here who will disagree with Bassett’s comments and it’s highly unlikely many United fans up and down the country will want Wilder gone.
The gaffer has given United the best four seasons most have ever seen.
Why, then, would we even consider moving forward without Wilder at the helm? It just doesn’t make sense.
Even if we go down, which is looking more and more inevitable by the week, Wilder is the best man to lead us back to the Premier League.