What these Sheffield United fans think after Leeds boss Bielsa speaks out on Wilder exit
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What these Sheffield United fans think after Leeds boss Bielsa speaks out on Wilder exit

Leeds United head coach, Marcelo Bielsa, has given his opinion on Chris Wilder leaving Sheffield United.

It’s now more than two months since Wilder left his position as Blades manager.

It ended almost five years in charge at Bramall Lane, during which time the club enjoyed huge success.

The South Yorkshire club went from the bottom of League One to ninth in the Premier League during Wilder’s first four years as boss.

Yet this season results faltered, while there was a breakdown in the 53-year-old’s relationship with the board.


Relegation from the top flight has since been confirmed and the Blades are still searching for a permanent successor to Wilder.

Yet Bielsa thinks he would have been the right man to try and get the club promoted from the Championship at the first time of asking.

“I would like to make a recognition to Sheffield United and a great manager who produced all of that with them,” the Argentine told Leeds Live.

“I regretted that he could not continue his job and that he could not attempt a new chapter, a new story with Sheffield United, to have got them promoted after having dropping back down to the Championship.

“In a description of how unjust or how unfair football can be with regards to getting what you deserve.”

Bielsa goes on to highlight how both Burnley and Norwich City stuck by their managers following relegation and were promoted the following year.

Bielsa on Wilder – the reaction

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Wilder, of course, remains a legendary figure at Bramall Lane. Not only is he one of the club’s greatest ever managers, he is also a boyhood fan, academy product and former player.

Connections like that don’t come around often in football. But things also move on and the reaction to Bielsa’s comments from these Blades fans is mixed.

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