Wilder appears to hit out at Sheffield United board again - this time about training facilities
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Wilder appears to hit out at Sheffield United board again - this time about training facilities

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, is unhappy that the club’s new training complex is still not ready.

It was announced last July that the new centre would be introduced at their current Shirecliffe base.

Featuring a gym, training area, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy zones, the two-storey building would be built off-site to reduce disruption to Wilder and his players.

It was due to be ready by the beginning of 2021. Yet we are now in March and still Wilder is waiting.

“It needs to happen, we all know that. That needs to happen,” the Blades boss told Yorkshire Live.


“There’s been a situation with the pandemic that has held that back a little, but there’s no reason now for that not to kick on.

“We have moved out of the old working men’s club because we had to because of Covid.

“The academy and Under-23s are in that building, but there’s certain things that need to happen for the players.

“They are not prima donnas, but there are certain standards and requirements needed for them to produce their best performances.

“The players, if you speak to them honestly about the facilities here, they would have an opinion on that.”

Training facility latest thing to annoy Sheffield United manager

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Wilder is cutting an increasingly disgruntled figure. Which is beginning to worry some fans about his future at Bramall Lane.

A certain amount of frustration is understandable, what with the current predicament facing his team.

Rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, relegation and a return to the Championship next season seems inevitable. That’s despite beating Aston Villa 1-0 on Wednesday night.

This could be why Wilder is starting to bristle a little in his media appearances. Pundits were recently in the 53-year-old’s sights, dubbing them “stupid” and “uneducated”.

It came after Roy Keane criticised United on Sky Sports following their defeat to Liverpool.

Yet the club owners and board have also been warned by Wilder. He says they must keep his squad together next term if the Blades are to make a serious promotion push in 2021/22.

Wilder also defended his transfer history after owner Prince Abdullah appeared to criticise his January business during an interview with talkSPORT.

Now the United manager is unhappy about the delay to the new training complex. There is nothing the board can do about a global pandemic, but Wilder clearly feels more could be done to speed things up.

It seems like tension is growing between the two parties. How it ends remains to be seen.

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