Wilder reportedly helping to find next Sheffield United manager - a good or bad thing?
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Wilder reportedly helping to find next Sheffield United manager - a good or bad thing?

Chris Wilder is acting as a consultant for Sheffield United in their search for a new manager.

That’s according to The Sun, who say the Bramall Lane hierarchy have asked whom Wilder thinks should succeed him.

The 53-year-old has put forward Steve Cooper as his recommendation. Cooper has been impressing this season at Swansea City, who remain very much in the promotion race from the Championship.

Another report from The Sun says that the Swans boss would only be available if Swansea aren’t promoted to the Premier League.

Which should really go without saying. It would be a huge surprise if Cooper would be willing to move to United if he has the chance to manage in the top flight.

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Yet what is interesting is that Wilder is involved in the process at all after leaving the club by mutual consent.

Should Wilder be involved in finding the next Sheffield United manager?

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It’s an unusual step for a club to ask their previous manager who they think should replace them.

Perhaps the most high profile example was Sir Alex Ferguson recommending David Moyes when he left Manchester United.

As BBC Sport reported in 2015, Ferguson was very much involved in the recruitment process.

Yet he had just retired after 26 years of huge success at Old Trafford.

Wilder has left the Blades under somewhat less civil circumstances, with a breakdown in his relationship with the board supposedly at the heart of it.

But respect clearly remains between the two parties, which should perhaps come as no surprise considering the success he has achieved himself.

Therefore, why not involve Wilder? They don’t have to take his opinion, but few know the club better than him.

Most fans were sad to see Wilder leave. Making the transition as easy as possible should be welcomed.

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