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'I'd love to manage Sheffield United one day' - Nick Montgomery on Blades return

Former Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery says he’d like to return as manager one day.

Montgomery came through the academy at Bramall Lane and spent 12 years in the first team before leaving for Australia in 2012.

No one has played more games for the Blades during the 21st Century, with the 39-year-old finishing with 356 appearances for the club.

After retiring in 2018, Montgomery has since worked his way through the coaching system at Central Coast Mariners.

He’s currently assistant at the A-League side, but wants to one day come back to England and United.

“My ambition is to work at the top level in the Premier League,” Montgomery told The Sheff United Way podcast. “I’d love to manage Sheff United one day.

“Plenty of opportunities have come up, but it needs to be right for me and the family.

“No doubt opportunities will come up down the line and I’ll get the opportunity to coach at the top level, as well as play at the top level.”

Nick Montgomery as Sheffield United manager?

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During the interview, Montgomery also heaped praise upon current boss Chris Wilder and his journey to the top.

He particularly mentioned how Wilder worked his way up through the English football pyramid from non-league to the Premier League.

Perhaps Montgomery envisages a similar path for himself, but he is clearly both ambitious and hardworking.

They were traits that were also apparent in his playing days. Never a standout talent, Montgomery grafted and thrived at the Blades – particularly under Neil Warnock.

He made the very most of his attributes and was prepared to listen and learn.

Montgomery says he wants to forge his own path, but has taken on things from those he’s worked under.

Perhaps one day he could well be seen back at Bramall Lane, but this time in the dugout.

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