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Chris Wilder names the manager he’s backing for the Sheffield Wednesday job

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has named which manager he is backing for the manager job at Sheffield Wednesday.

That man is Lee Bullen, who was placed in temporary charge after Steve Bruce quit the Owls for his boyhood club Newcastle United a few weeks ago.

Chris Wilder was asked by one Blades fan how it feels to be a Premier League manager, he told BBC Radio Sheffield: “I’ve got to say, I’ve known Lee a long time and why not? Why can’t he manage the team that he loves and give 100 per cent.

“There’s a lot of snobbery involved in football. People look for different answers and different names and whatever, and I think there’s somebody sat right under their noses that would give it a great job.

“Paul (Warne)’s got an affection to Rotherham, obviously, the big man (Darren Moore) has (to Doncaster) and Daniel (Stendel, the German), obviously, was a diehard Barnsley fan all his life. And everybody knows where I’m from.”

Asked for his response to the Sheffield United fan’s jibe, Bullen replied: “What I will say is a lot of people will probably take offence to that but I think that sums football up, because without rivalries, without banter, without joking with each other, the game’s dead.

“So no problems with that. Good luck to you.”

Yesterday it was announced Bullen would remain in that role for when they take on Reading in Saturday’s Championship opener. He remains bookies favourite also.

Asked if he felt ready to take the job full-time, he added: “I think I’d be ready for it.

“I’m not going to put words into the chairman’s mouth and make it more difficult for him.

“I love doing the job, for as long as it lasts. It’s a great honour because I see it as my club now, because of the affinity that’s been built up.

“I know the infrastructure, the players, and the chairman, but all I’m focusing on is the next two games and we’ll see what transpires.

“When we get back from Germany, I’ll have a chat with the chairman then. I know him well… he’s a good man, and will do what he feels will be right for the football club.”


After finding out what Chris Wilder had to say, fans took to give their reaction, some asked what is had to do with him, others said he wanted his side’s rivals to fail – check out those tweets on the next page.


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