Sheffield United: New boss Chris Wilder calls for a United front

Chris Wilder will attempt to replicate his methods from Northampton Town as he looks to achieve similar success at Sheffield United.

Saturday, 28th May 2016, 1:06 am
Updated Saturday, 28th May 2016, 1:08 am
Chris Wilder the new manager of Sheffield Utd, Kevin McCabe co-owner and Alan Knill assistant manager

The former Blades player succeeded Nigel Adkins in the hotseat after an impressive start to life in management, which saw him guide cashstrapped Northampton Town to the League Two title last season.

And after a fractious end to the season - Adkins was accused of failing to connect with the United faithful during his turbulent reign at the Lane - Wilder believes sticking together will be key to success this time around.

“In an era where there isn’t any connection, what happened at Northampton was massive,” the United boss said.

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“You can see the successful teams in all the divisions; there is Burnley [Championship], Leicester City [Premier League], Northampton and to a certain extent, Burton [League One].

“They have all done it without the biggest budgets, but with a bit of togetherness and I think that’s a sign to every club that they do need that.

“It is certainly something I will be trying to do at Sheffield United. The players care about their performances, and the supporters care about their football club.”

“Obviously it is a different challenge to Northampton, but one I am massively looking forward to,” the 48-year-old added.

“I believe I am ready, I think I deserve the opportunity after the work I have done. People recognise that I worked within the budget, and the job I did at Northampton.

“While I have connections at Sheffield United, I would like to believe that I have been given the opportunity due to my record as a manager.”