What Neil Warnock said about Chris Wilder's Sheffield United exit - and reasons behind it

Neil Warnock, the former Sheffield United manager, has had his say on Chris Wilder’s recent exit from Bramall Lane – insisting the legendary former Blades boss will enjoy himself again when he “walks into a job in the not-too-distant future”.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 3:05 pm

Wilder left his boyhood club on Saturday evening by mutual consent, a cursory statement on United’s official website signalling the official end of his five-year stint at Bramall Lane.

Wilder led his boyhood club to two promotions and a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League during his time in charge, but left after his relationship with the Bramall Lane board reached breaking point.

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Warnock – like Wilder, a boyhood Unitedite having been born in Sheffield - left Bramall Lane in similar circumstances back in 2007, after a seven-year spell that also saw a promotion to the top-flight.

And Warnock, now 72 years of age and still in management at Championship side Middlesbrough, said: “Everybody knows Chris has done a fabulous job.

“But managers have to get on with owners, whether you like it or not.

"If it gets very stretched, Chris has got his own right to say what he wanted, having been there so many years after doing what he has done.

Neil Warnock and Chris Wilder are both Blades through and through, achieving boyhood dreams of leading their club to the top flight. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

“But you have to feel you can work in a situation and he obviously felt there were certain things that he couldn’t.

"But that is not taking away what he has done and I am sure Chris will walk into a job in the not-too-distant future. It just shows you how football is.

“We talk about the Championship. But the Premier League? Wow. You don’t get any escape if you are not right at it. If you can’t score goals, you have not got much chance.

“I was there for seven years, probably two more years than Chris and I felt let down when I left and fell out with the hierarchy like he did.

“But life goes on and when he gets his next club, he will say: ‘Wow, this is a breath of fresh air and I can go and enjoy myself again.’ That is what I did and I am sure Chris will.”