One former player has moved to pile the praise on Blades boss, Chris Wilder, as Sheffield United prepare to face Aston Villa this weekend.
The Blades are flying high in the Premier League following promotion from the Championship last term. Wilder’s charges currently sit in eighth place, with an unbeaten away record the backbone to their excellent form.
Wilder has drawn plenty of praise in the last few weeks for his team’s expansive style and apparent lack of fear. Indeed, despite this style of play, they have conceded the third least amount of goals this season, behind only Leicester and Liverpool.
The Blades boss has worked his way up through the leagues and is now reaping the rewards in the top-flight. Spells with Oxford United and Northampton Town both yielded promotion, before he managed two further promotions with the Blades in just three seasons.
And according to his former player at Oxford, Sam Deering, it is little surprise to see Wilder doing so well at the top level of English football.
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What has Sam Deering had to say about his former boss, Chris Wilder?
Deering is currently playing for Dagenham and Redbridge. However, he spent time with Chris Wilder at Oxford United. With that spell being so successful, Deering has spoken highly of Wilder.
“His major quality is getting the best out of the players. He has literally been through every league, the conference, promoted from League Two and League One,” Deering said (World Football Index).
“And now taking Sheffield United into the Premier League is an incredible feat and he has done well wherever he has gone as a manager.”
It’s no secret in the footballing world, and, especially in Sheffield, that Wilder has a good relationship with his players. The Blades boss seems to know what makes his players tick, while not being afraid to call them out if he feels they need to do more.
And Deering nodded to Wilder’s man management a bit further in his comments, adding:
“He believed in me and gave me a chance and unfortunately on the first day we had a game away to Salisbury United and I broke my leg.
“When I came back he arranged the best treatment for me and everything was done properly and I went on to play under him in the Football League and we ended up getting promoted.”
One thing is clear from these comments and that is that Blades boss Chris Wilder has certainly had an impact on a number of players throughout the years.