Sheffield United came in for criticism once more this week, as Soccer Saturday pundit Paul Merson blasted the Blades for losing Chris Wilder.
Despite Paul Heckingbottom getting his first win as caretaker boss last night against Brighton, things have remained largely the same since Wilder left.
A losing mentality – albeit that may change after last night – and lacklustre performances have meant little to cheer about for United fans. The win against Brighton was just the Blades’ fifth of the Premier League season and moved them up to the 17 point mark.
Wilder had seemingly got a job for life with United. But fallouts this season with the board and owner, Prince Abdullah, led to a deterioration of relationships. That, ultimately, cost Wilder his position.
And speaking on Soccer Saturday yesterday, Paul Merson – who previously called Abdullah ‘cheap’ – thinks it’s a decision the club could live to regret.
What Paul Merson said on Soccer Saturday about Sheffield United and Chris Wilder
Merson is clearly a fan of Chris Wilder and has spoken of the issue before this weekend. But with Lee Hendrie and Clinton Morrison nodding in agreement, Merson said the Blades should have stuck with Wilder.
“He was the one who got them there. He’d done unbelievable last year and I couldn’t believe they got rid of him,” Merson said.
“If there’s one manager who could bring you back up, you would say Chris Wilder. You’ve got to know these leagues (the Championship), and you’ve got to know the players. Chris has done it, we’ve seen it with United, Oxford, and Northampton.
“I think they got this horribly wrong Sheffield United. Horribly wrong.”
Wilder has yet to make his next move into management. In a recently released statement, the Blades legend said he would take some time off over the summer before making his next move.
There is every chance Wilder ends up at a Championship club. If that is a the case, a rapturous reception would no doubt await the self-confessed Blade at Bramall Lane.