"A special journey" - Chris Wilder's classy farewell message after Sheffield United departure is confirmed
Chris Wilder has broken his silence after Sheffield United officially confirmed that he has left Bramall Lane, describing his time in charge of his boyhood club as “a special journey and one I’ll never forget”.
Wilder’s tenure at United officially ended today as an official statement confirmed that he had departed, by mutual consent.
The former Blades player led United to two promotions, from League One to the Premier League, during his time in charge, but a breakdown in relations with the Bramall Lane board have led to his departure and caused an outpouring of grief from stricken Blades supporters.
"Being manager of Sheffield United has been a special journey and one I'll never forget,” Wilder said.
"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."
The Blades are expected to have U23s boss Paul Heckingbottom in charge for tomorrow’s clash at Leicester City.
"We are confident that all Blades fans around the world will join us in thanking Chris for his hard work, commitment and expertise in driving the Club,” their official statement added this evening.
"Now the Club will turn its attention to completing the season as strongly as possible and if we are relegated, to preparing for the Championship.
"We confirm our intention to keep the core of the player group together and will continue to invest further in the Academy and the First Team, to place us in the best possible position for the future.”