Chris Wilder reveals he has continued THIS trusted motivational tool in the Premier League after hitting out at pundits' "noise and nonsense" opinions

It’s one of English football’s biggest cliches, which Chris Wilder has used literally to help fuel a period of unprecedented success in his managerial career.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:45 pm

‘Pin it to the dressing room wall’, often heard whenever anyone in football puts their head above the parapet and says something about their next opposition.

Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has been doing so ever since his days at Oxford, when he tasked the then-sports editor of the Oxford Mail with producing a mock-up front page of Paulo Di Canio’s quotes about Oxford before their meeting with Swindon Town.

Wilder did so before the start of last season’s promotion campaign, when David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp were written off as ‘journeymen’ before their goals fuelled United’s push for the Premier League.

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Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, watched his team beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

That move was immortalised in John Egan’s ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ song, and Wilder has continued with the tactic in the top flight.

Several pundits tipped United for relegation in the summer, while Talksport’s Adrian Durham accused them of not taking the Premier League seriously.

BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks branded their style of play ‘basic’ while Stan Collymore this week insisted the Blades shouldn’t be anywhere near the European places.

United face Bournemouth this weekend sixth in the table.

“Everything gets pinned up! We’ve got a Whatsapp group and I’m putting stuff about what he said or what he said,” said Wilder, speaking on the At Home with Colin Murray podcast.

“I think there’s a lot of bulls**t, a lot of b*****ks, a lot of noise and nonsense that gets chucked about. It’s the division that we’re in.

“I think at times I’m quite angry and want to fight my way out of corners. I’m a bit sensitive when people have a nip at us when I think it’s not right.

“If that gives me the edge, then I’m fine with it. I won’t change and I haven’t changed.”