Out of work manager Chris Wilder has told his former club Sheffield United who they should appoint next to replace him at Bramall Lane.
According to reports, the Celtic and Newcastle linked 53 year old has told the Blades to go for Swansea City boss Steve Cooper as his replacement.
Wilder left his position as Blades boss last weekend, bringing an end to his dream spell in charge of the club having guided them to the Premier League after taking charge in League One.
A boyhood United fan did what a lot of supporters have said an unbelievable job at Bramall Lane, but has now moved on as the Blades look to prepare for life back in the second tier of English football.
The South Yorkshire outfit will now look for a replacement, and it’s claimed that they took the surprise decision of asking Wilder for a recommendation on who should succeed him.
Wilder allegedly told them to go for Steve Cooper of Swansea, who may move on if he doesn’t guide Swansea to the Premier League this season, especially with other top flight teams looking at him.
Cooper is attracting heavy interest and won’t come cheap, but Wilder is clearly impressed by what Cooper has done at the Liberty Stadium.
Of the 93 games the 41-year-old has been in charge of, he’s won 43 for the Swans, and has a strong coaching background with Liverpool and in the England youth setup.
Cooper is known for playing a 3-5-2 formation at the Wlesh club, the same as Wilder, and that may appeal to the Blades in terms of minimising upheaval.
Mans fans have stated that Cooper got the best out of ex Liverpool player Rhian Brewster who is at Swansea and you can see why he would appeal to United; now time will tell if Wilder’s recommendation amounts to anything this summer.
Alan Nixon however claims that Sheffield United to tempt Slavisa Jokanovic back to England to lead them back to the Premier League at the first try.
The former Watford and Fulham chief has won two promotions and apparently United want him in, other journalists deny this however.
The 52-year-old is currently out in Qatar with Al-Gharafa on a lucrative deal, so it would be very expensive to get him in.
He would need to be the best paid manager in the Championship in the £2million-a-year range according to some reports.
Wilder was left furious when he wasn’t allowed to sign top targets Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash in the summer.
There have been disagreements with Prince Abdullah in recent weeks over the future direction of the club and Wilder’s role with them.
Wilder was believed to have been unwilling to work with a director of football for the 2021/22 campaign and left after having the control of recruitment taken out of his hands.
Fans reacted after seeing that Chris Wilder has told Sheffield United who they should appoint to replace him…
@Joelbirmz12: Hence why we’re waiting till end of season?
@davies2107: Clever. Wilder obviously wants the Swans job 👌🏽
@Bailey_SUFC: The actual cheek, our board is a joke
@andytidy_80: In all seriousness, I do think we have a very interesting six months ahead at the Liberty, with destinies dictated by events over the next nine games.
@craig_platts: He is dog shit !!! Get Eddie Howe ASAP
@lustylowe: Have him honestly
@AlexJamesCook_: That’s like asking your ex for a new bird whilst breaking up with her
@Hallowes_Blade: Was that his reaction when he was asked if he would take it?
@CallumHobson__: If Swansea miss out on promotion its worth going for him.. If they go up then we’ve no chance
@BaccaIieri: Wonder what Chris Wilders new club will be, would be nice to see him manage in the PL again.
@steelebauer: Don’t m is why anyone would complain about Cooper! Doing a fantastic job, plays good football & we’d have no chance of getting him.
@srowley88: Be a welcomed signing that’s for sure
@SufcLuke_: I would take that.
@StocksColin: Good choice Fulham played some fantastic football when he was there
@jonesygunner: Easily best option. That Fulham team was unreal under him
@boybetterknow89: Would be a good choice plays very attractive football but he won’t be cheap
@JEDilson_10: Steve Cooper would be my number 1 choice. He’s managed Brewster twice before and got the best out of him on both occasions. We need somebody to get the best out of our strikers.
@smiffy2609: He’d do a decent job for sure. Bring him in. Let’s get on with things n move on UTB
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he was hoping to return the hospitality that Chris Wilder showed him when Sheffield United visit Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the quarter-final clash, Tuchel said it was ‘sad’ the pair will not be meeting up.
“It’s a bit sad because we had a very warm welcome in Sheffield and he (Wilder) invited me to his coaching office and introduced me to his staff and it was very interesting,” he said.
“We had a talk for 20 minutes and he offered me a glass of wine. It was very, very nice and very unique and friendly.
“We got involved more about his story and the history of the club, with his strong connections.
“In this short time I thought it was a ‘no matter what’ situation.
“I’m not into the details but it is sad that we don’t meet up because it would have been down to me to invite him to my office and maybe have a still water or whatever is in the fridge.
“Obviously, it is not like this, but I don’t want to judge the people taking the decisions.
“I wish him all the best and hope he finds another challenge that suits him and shows his quality. We face the same team with a new manager, which makes it harder to prepare, but the goal remains the same.”