Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, believes Chris Wilder won’t be given the chance to manage a so-called top-six club in the near future.
Wilder has been the talk of the Premier League punditry world this season. Having led the Blades to two promotions in three seasons, his United team currently sit seventh in the Premier League table.
Wilder’s men are just four points off the top four and a single point off Neville’s former club, Manchester United, in fifth.
However, despite Wilder’s excellent start and increasing reputation, Neville believes a big job will elude him for now.
“No he won’t,” Neville replied when asked if Wilder would get his shot. (Sky Sports)
“Why? I think ultimately a top-six club won’t see him as being ‘fashionable’ enough.
“I hope he does. But I just don’t think it will happen. I just can’t see which of the top clubs would appoint the Sheffield United manager. I think 30-40 years ago he’d have had a big chance but not now”.
Neville has been a big advocate of Wilder’s work this term. After the 3-3 draw with the Red Devils at Bramall Lane, Neville was very complimentary of the way the Blades went about their business.
The Blades aren’t in Premier League action this weekend. They travel to Reading next week for a chance to make it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Is Gary Neville right with this assessment?
In a way, Neville hits the nail on the head here. It’s not a slight on Wilder’s work or ability as a manager, it’s more on the state of the game at the top of the league.
Chris Wilder has proven himself through the leagues as a top manager. But Neville is right, some clubs seem to want only the best from around the world and that often means going for an already established name.
Indeed, Neville elaborates further in his interview by suggesting Wilder might need to prove himself again away from United at another club before being considered.
Of course, Blades fans won’t mind this at all. They’d be more than happy to have Wilder stick around a good few years yet.