Chris Wilder concedes he "doesn't know" if he will be in charge of Sheffield United next season

Chris Wilder has indicated his future as Sheffield United manager is in doubt, despite confirming he wants to remain at the helm next season.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 10:15 am

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa which United will enter 15 points adrift of safety and at the bottom of the Premier League table, Wilder acknowledged it was difficult to plan for next season because the “conversations” about the future “are not happening.”

Despite a series of diplomatic attempts to skirt around the issue, the 53-year-old was pressed on whether or not his position is under threat by journalists. Wilder’s response, although he did not say so explicitly, adds further weight to suspicions there is a difference of opinion between Bramall Lane’s coaching staff and others behind the scenes on a number of issues.

Wilder was refused permission to make any new signings during the winter transfer window, with owner HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud expressing concerns about United’s recent recruitment record.

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Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield Utd walks off the pitch following the defeat during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture date: 20th February 2021. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage

“We always plan short, medium and long term,” Wilder said. “But that plan is determined by other people than me. I’ve not had those conversations. I think they should be, but they’re not happening.”

Despite twice leading United to promotion since taking charge in May 2016, and then guiding them to ninth in the table last term, Wilder was asked directly if he would still be at the helm during the 2021.22 campaign.

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Head down, and on to the Villa game. Then what will be will be. I want to stay, definitely, if we stick to the plan.”

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Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield Utd during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture date: 20th February 2021. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage