Chris Wilder is reportedly said to be keen on another manager’s job with a certain Premier League club who are struggling this season.
The recently departed Sheffield United boss is interested in the Newcastle United job, however owner Mike Ashley is determined not to give into the pressure to sack Steve Bruce, especially as it would cost a big chunk to get rid.
According to information sent on Tuesday, Wilder would be keen to move to St James’ Park and getting back to work as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, some intriguing new Wilder to Newcastle claims came to light as speculation continues over the future of Steve Bruce.
On Wednesday afternoon, ChronicleLive highlighted from the The Transfer Window podcast that Newcastle are looking at Wilder as a potential replacement, who left Sheffield United by mutual consent earlier this month.
“I think it’s right to say that it fits a pattern of appointments for Mike Ashley,” Duncan Castles said.
“He wouldn’t be that expensive and he knows how to handle a club in the Championship, should Newcastle go down, which might also be in Mike Ashley’s thoughts, to have someone ready to have them promoted again.
“He did a phenomenally good job at Sheffield United and then historically the worst start in Premier League history and I think that was to do with the unique tactical approach and clubs figuring that out.
“It would be interesting for his coaching credentials because he got lifted up to some of the top jobs in England football last season, to see how he would do at Newcastle, how quickly he could make an impact.”
Chris Wilder took Sheffield United to a ninth-place finish after promotion from the Championship last season.
The boyhood Blade led his club from League One to the top-flight but after a season struggling with injuries and poor form, they’re destined to be relegated back to the second-tier for the 2020-21 campaign.
Sheffield United players were stunned by Chris Wilder sacking after finding out on Twitter during 48 hours of chaos, David McGoldrick reveals.
He told talkSPORT: “It was tough. The weird thing about it was that it came out of the blue from nowhere.
“We got into training as normal, got into the treatment room and someone said, ‘Look at this on Twitter! Someone’s posted something saying the gaffer’s going to be sacked’.
“Usually, you hear certain things. We heard there was talk a few months ago. We had found some form.
“There was no confirmation for 48 hours, the boys didn’t properly meet Hecky [Heckingbottom].
“People think we’ve seen him a lot, but we’re in different bubbles completely. The Under-23s aren’t allowed anywhere near us.
“He hasn’t seen how we work and we haven’t seen how we work. To be thrown in at the deep end for the Leicester game was a real tough week for the lads.”
Crystal Palace are also said to be open in bringing Wilder to Selhurst Park with their current manager Roy Hodgson’s contract up at the end of the season and no closer it would seem to being signed.
WILDER’S PLAYING CAREER:
1982–1986 – Southampton
1986–1992 – Sheffield United – 93 games (1 goal)
1989 → Walsall (loan) – 4 games (0 goals)
1990 → Charlton (loan) – 1 game (0 goals)
1991 → Charlton (loan) – 2 games (0 goals)
1992 → Leyton Orient (loan) – 16 games (1 goal)
1992–1996 – Rotherham – 132 games (11 goals)
1996–1997 – Notts County – 46 games (0 goals)
1997–1998 – Bradford City – 42 games (0 goals)
1998–1999 – Sheffield United – 12 games (0 goals)
1998 → Northampton (loan) – 1 game (0 goals)
1999 → Lincoln City (loan) – 3 games (0 goals)
1999 – Brighton – 11 games (0 goals)
1999–2001 – Halifax Town – 51 games (1 goals)
Total – 414 games (14 goals)
WILDER’S MANAGERIAL CAREER:
Halifax Town – 2 July 2002 until 30 June 2008 – 312 games, 120 wins, 77 draws, 115 defeats, 38.5 win %
Oxford United – 21 December 2008 until 26 January 2014 – 269 games, 121 wins, 70 draws, 78 defeats, 45.0 win %
Northampton – 27 January 2014 until 12 May 2016 – 126 games, 61 wins, 28 draws, 37 defeats, 48.4 win %
Sheffield United – 12 May 2016 until Present – 227 games, 106 wins, 47 draws, 74 defeats, 46.7 win %
Total – 934 games, 408 wins, 222 draws, 304 defeats, 43.7 win %
Fans reacted with Chris Wilder keen on a manager’s job with a different Premier League club…
@neilTheMagpie: He’d be the first man to relegate 2 teams in one season surely?
@TilehurstsOwn: I’d take Deontay Wilder at this point I’m pretty sure he’s not a football manager but I’m sure he will get more fight out of this team
@danw08: I’d take Gene Wilder. Anyone
@H4mmy14: Eddie Howe is my first choice
@christoph339: For the love of god Make this happen!!!!!!
@scoobs_the: Certainly hope not
@Toonern: tbh he does know how to coach, he got Sheffield United to go far beyond their quality, with to little investment they where always going to struggle. i think he i a big upgrade on Bruce. at this point just to get in a new manager would give a boost.
@lumber367: I think he’ll go to palace, they’ll be having a massive overhaul this summer and he can build something new there.
@doug_dacre: Chris is a great football guy that is no doubt, but you do fear Ashley is again looking for a survival manager, and not someone who would take the club forward….. Advice to Chris “give it a swerve under this owner”
@DarthHod354: I’d have Chris Wilder over Bruce all day.
@Logan14Cameron: Get him in. NOW
@AmstrDamz: At this point… someone needs to put Mike Ashley is a head lock or more (defo more)
@8adam6: Would love Wilder in charge!
@ToonMouthTyne: Pray this is true. 🙏
@Jack_Elston23: Why are we praying for a manager that just got sacked from bottom of the league… surely can do better than this
@Fergie_1984: I think Wilder is a better manager than many give him credit for after a poor season. Think he’d be a good appointment, and even if we go down, he’s a better bet to get us promoted than Bruce.
@J1MMY06169938: Nine games to go , can’t see Newcastle sacking Bruce now but I would love to see Wilder in.
@conker_697: Chris Wilders Newcastle United will be Championship winners in 2021/22. Save this tweet.
@gw850: On paper, Sheffield United have arguably the weakest side in the league. Chris Wilders spending has been poor at times, and this season the results have been shocking.Take this season away and he’s always overachieved, and actually has a style of play.. more than Bruce. #NUFC