Some of football’s biggest names are reacting to reports Chris Wilder has been sacked as Sheffield United manager.
There has been no confirmation from the club as yet, but many respected media outlets are corroborating the story initially broken by talkSPORT.
There remains some hope for those fans who hope Wilder will stay, with The Telgraph’s Sam Wallace saying the 53-year-old hasn’t left just yet.
But with the story picking up lots of momentum, many are already responding to the belief his time as Blades boss has come to an end.
“I have known Chris many years. He played for me at Notts County,” West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Aallardyce said in his pre-match press conference.
“If you look across whole of leagues in this country, you will not see a better record than Chris Wilder.
“He has had one bad season in 19 years. Great shame.”
Others react to reports Wilder has been sacked
Former Blade, Don Hutchinson, thinks Wilder could have got United promoted back from the Championship next season.
Match Of The Day presenter and ex-England international, Gary Lineker, also believes the South Yorkshire side have made the wrong decision.
As does Chris Kamara, another former Blade who now of course works as a pundit.
We await to see whether this will actually be Wilder’s last day in charge at Bramall Lane or not.
However, rumours have been circulating for some time that the relationship between the manager and the board has broken down.
Wilder has been publicly critical of the Blades hierarchy on subjects such as lack of backing in the transfer market, to a failure to complete a new training complex at Shirecliffe.
After almost five years as boss, he will be greatly missed if he does indeed leave. During that time United have been promoted twice – returning to the Premier League for the first time in 12 years – and achieved their highest finish since 1992.
It’s sad to hear that legacy could be ending on such a sour note.