Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been linked with the vacant position at Brighton and Hove Albion.

That is according to Football Insider, who report that Brighton will make an official approach for Wilder.

The Seagulls are searching for a new boss after deciding to sack Chris Hughton following the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Their first choice is Swansea City’s Graham Potter. However, they have become frustrated after the BBC reported the Swans refused them permission to speak to Potter.

Swansea are now in talks with the 43-year-old to convince him to stay at the Liberty Stadium.

As a result, Brighton have turned their attention to Wilder. They are seeking two or three candidates to discuss the possibility of succeeding Hughton.

The Blades boss has impressed the hierarchy at the Amex Stadium after three successful years at United. During that time the South Yorkshire club have been promoted twice. They are currently preparing for their first season in the Premier League in 12 years.

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Why Wilder could go

The initial reaction from most Blades fans to these rumours is to rubbish them – and with good reason.

Wilder is a boyhood Blades fan who later played for the club. His heart is in Bramall Lane.

So after getting them into the top flight, why would he then leave them to join another side in the division? And not just another side but one, who like United, are expected to be among the relegation favourites in 2019/20?

Unfortunately there is one simple reason – the ongoing ownership dispute.

Blades co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah are currently in a High Court battle to determine which of them will take full control of the club. It is unlikely a decision will be made until at least September.

This feud has been ongoing since December 2017 and at the end of last season, Wilder admitted he was close to quitting as a result.

“If it stays the same I don’t think anybody would be surprised if I didn’t question where my career was going,” the 51-year-old was quoted by the Yorkshire Post.

Hopefully, like last term, the off-field issues will be kept separate from what is happening on it.

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