Jamie Redknapp says that Chris Wilder deserves to win the manager of the year award ahead of Jurgen Klopp.
Wilder led Sheffield United to another impressive win at the weekend as they beat Chelsea 3-0. It is now three victories in their last four Premier League matches to keep the Blades in contention for European qualification.
Not bad for a team playing in their first top flight season in 12 years. While fellow newly promoted sides Aston Villa and Norwich City occupy the bottom two, United are seventh ahead of both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Only champions Liverpool have a better defensive record than the Blades. Only the Reds, Manchester City and Burnley have kept more clean sheets in 2019/20.
Wilder has taken the club from bottom of League One to potentially qualifying for Europe in less than four years.
Why Redknapp thinks Wilder should be manager of the year
Klopp could still guide Liverpool to the highest ever points tally in Premier League history if they win their remaining three games.
They have already secured their first title in 30 years and the German has been widely praised for these achievements.
However, Redknapp thinks Wilder has done more.
“Jurgen Klopp will go down in history as one of the greatest managers ever. Deservedly so, too,” the pundit wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“But there is only one Manager of the Year for me, and that is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United.
“Not only have his side survived, they have survived with style.
“Wilder is the most forward-thinking coach in the top flight. He’s new school.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Klopp. Liverpool have evolved into a successful side on his watch. But Wilder’s achievements deserve recognition.
“If it was up to me, I’d give him the Manager of the Year gong.”