The overwhelming numbers that show Sheffield United supporters completely back Chris Wilder

Almost 95 per cent of supporters polled by The Star this lunchtime believe that Chris Wilder is the right man to lead Sheffield United, as the club's fanbase prepares itself for official confirmation of their talismanic leader's departure from Bramall Lane.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 4:00 pm

United have moved Wilder's planned press conference from 1.30pm this afternoon to 5pm this evening, where greater clarity on the manager's situation should be provided.

News broke this morning that United and Wilder were poised to part company after almost five years together. The boyhood Blade was a ball-boy at Bramall Lane before signing as a player, and returning - to great success - as manager.

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In a lunchtime poll on social media, with over 2,000 votes, 95 per cent of fans answered 'yes' to the question: "Do you think Chris Wilder is the right man to manage Sheffield United?"

At least one fan who voted 'no' later admitted he'd misread the question, while the actual support for Wilder may well be higher when votes from rival clubs infiltrating the poll are considered.

The findings back up figures provided by SkyBet today, as a follow-up to their Fan Hope Survey at the start of the Premier League season.

Chris Wilder, pictured at Bramall Lane after being unveiled as the new United manager: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

They show that only six per cent of Blades fans blame Wilder for United's fortunes this season, while 19 per cent blame the owner and 72 blame the players.

A whopping 98 per cent of fans believe that narrowly avoiding relegation is the best-case scenario outcome of this season, while almost half of those fans would be happy to see their side not finish bottom of the table.