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'He'd be fighting for the title': Pep Guardiola praises Chris Wilder amid talk of Sheffield United exit

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has had his say on the potential departure of Chris Wilder as Sheffield United manager.

Wilder is looking likely to leave Bramall Lane today, with a press conference called for 5pm where it’s expected some sort of announcement will be made on his future.

Relationships between the board and Wilder have been strained in recent weeks and it seems now things have come to a head.

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Wilder will leave United rock bottom of the Premier League but firmly entrenched in the minds of Sheffield United fans as one of, if not the, best manager in the club’s history.

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And speaking in his pre-match presser today, City boss Guardiola believes Wilder would enjoy success at his club, while Guardiola himself feels he’d struggled in Sheffield.

“Right now it is not official. My press officer told me it is not official. I prefer not to comment on that. I have a good relationship with him when we faced each other. I wish him all the best if he is still there [Chris Wilder],” Pep said.

“If he [Wilder] was here, he would be fighting for the title. If i was in Sheffield I maybe would be fighting relegation.”

Guardiola’s comments come off the back of a number of other pundits, managers, and former players who have questioned the decision to part ways with Wilder.

Earlier, West Brom boss Sam Allardyce had expressed his concerns at the pending decision.

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If the comments from the likes of Guardiola and all over social media are anything to go by today, then it seems like United are making a huge mistake.

Wilder has done a remarkable job at Bramall Lane. There are obviously circumstances that have led to this day but on the surface, it seems a ludicrous call.

Guardiola’s praise only cements how highly Wilder is rated and the Blades will have a hard task finding someone to step into the fold.

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