Why Chris Wilder could reportedly get a Premier League job after all
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How reported interest in Chris Wilder from Burnley is linked with a failed Sheffield United takeover

Chris Wilder is being considered as the new manager of Burnley.

That’s according to The Sheffield Star, if Sean Dyche were to leave Turf Moor this summer.

Football.london reports that Dyche is being considered as the next boss of Crystal Palace following Roy Hodgson’s departure.

Hodgson will exit Palace this summer when his contract expires. Dyche has been linked with the Eagles for some time and even admitted he is “flattered” by the rumours.

The 49-year-old is the third longest serving manager in English football, having been in charge of the Clarets since October 2012.

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Dyche is about to enter the final year his current deal, although recently told Sky Sports he expects talks to begin soon over extending that.

Burnley’s owners are keen to keep him at the club. However, that is not to say a move to Selhurst Park wouldn’t tempt Dyche.

Sky Sports adds that he grew frustrated at times under the previous ownership due to a lack of backing in the transfer market. Dyche will want assurances from current bosses, ALK Capital Investment Group, that won’t happen moving forwards.

Chairman Alan Pace has already said that he will receive their financial support.

Yet there are very few certainties in football and things change quickly. Dyche leaving the Clarets this summer is plausible.

Burnley owners are long-term admirers of Chris Wilder

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While ALK Capital want Dyche to stay, they’re also certain to be considering alternatives.

One of those is believed to be Wilder, who has been out of a job since leaving Sheffield United in March.

Prior to their takeover at Turf Moor in December, ALK previously agreed a deal to buy the Blades.

However, that agreement was made with former owner Kevin McCabe. It relied on McCabe winning his High Court battle with co-owner Prince Abdullah.

As it was, he lost and the Saudi prince has been in control of United since September 2019 as a result.

But during their negotiations with McCabe, the Americans made their admiration for then-manager Wilder clear.

Having taken the Blades through the divisions and achieved against the odds on a limited budget, the 53-year-old certainly shares similarities with Dyche.

Perhaps Wilder could get another Premier League job after all.

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