TalkSPORT pundit lauds Prince Abdullah comments, slams 'absolute nonsense' from ex-Sheffield United boss Wilder

TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has delivered an impassioned defence of Prince Abdullah’s latest comments regarding Chris Wilder’s exit from Sheffield United.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:27 am
Chris Wilder. (Photo by Mike Egerton - Pool/Getty Images)
Chris Wilder. (Photo by Mike Egerton - Pool/Getty Images)

The 53-year-old left Bramall Lane earlier this month after a lengthy period at the helm that saw him lead the Blades from mid-table obscurity in League One to the top half of the Premier League.

At the time, there was widespread speculation that part of the reason for Wilder’s exit was his frustration with the upper echelons of the club's hierarchy.

In response, United owner Prince Abdullah has now spoken out in a wide-reaching interview with Sky Sports News in which he defended his position, while also reiterating his support for Wilder and suggesting that the ex-Blades boss had wanted to resign for some time.

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Reacting to those comments on talkSPORT, former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan gave his full backing to the Blades chief, and suggested that he was trying to redress the balance in his favour.

He said: “I think what he’s doing is setting the record straight.

"You’ve got this imbalance in certain segments of the media where because a manager’s achieved something once upon a time, ultimately whatever they do going forward, it gives them a pass. The owner is saying, ‘Hold on just a second’.

"I was a major admirer of Chris Wilder’s, and I thought the work that he’s done to go Sheffield United back into the Premier League has been phenomenal, but it's been a one-way transaction. The first ever adversity that Chris Wilder’s had, he wants to resign.

"This is football managers, this is how they operate at times, because they come from a cult of football players who operate that way.

"What Prince Abdullah has done is say, ‘Let’s just correct this’, because there’ll be a building up narrative in local press that Chris Wilder has been badly handled, that he hasn’t had investment, that it’s all down to the ownership, and that Chris Wilder is a hero and he should be treated that way.

"I like balance. I like fairness. I like equity. When I read these words, they’re so intuitive to thinking that I have.”

Jordan also went on to argue that Wilder had waged a lengthy campaign against Prince Abdullah in the media, and suggested his grievances were somewhat unjustified.

He added: “If you are the ultimate controlling authority, you don’t have to be specific [in your criticism]. It’s implied and understood.

"I listened to Chris Wilder’s press conferences over the past six months, and he did nothing but complain.

"He talks about how he hadn't got what he wanted from the management. Absolute nonsense – it was advancing a disingenuous perspective, which football managers often do because he was unhappy with his lot.

"His relationship with Prince Abdullah is something he should have been working on instead of using the media to air his grievances”.

Sheffield United are currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, 14 points adrift of safety with nine games left to play.