Former Cobblers boss Chris Wilder leaves Sheffield United by mutual consent

Blades are bottom of the Premier League
Chris Wilder.Chris Wilder.
Chris Wilder.

Former Cobblers manager Chris Wilder has left Sheffield United by mutual consent.

The 53-year-old has been in charge of the Blades since the summer of 2016 when he left Northampton following their League Two title success.

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"Being manager of Sheffield United has been a special journey and one I'll never forget," said Wilder.

"I was delighted to be given the opportunity back in 2016 and have been delighted with the success which we have achieved, including two promotions and a highest ever Premier League finish.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to the club's accomplishments along the way, including the players, staff and, in particular, the supporters."

Wilder immediately led his boyhood club out of League One, winning the title with 100 points, before clinching promotion from the Championship just two years later.

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He finished a hugely impressive ninth place in his first season in the Premier League but it has been far more of a struggle this year with the club bottom of the table and seemingly destined for relegation.

Wilder had been expected to remain in charge despite United's lowly league position but reports suggest he fell out with the club's owner over the need for a director of football.