Star Football Awards: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wins Manager of the Year

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been named as Manager of the Year at tonight's Star Football Awards.

The award was presented by Clugston Construction managing director Steve Radcliffe and Dave Bassett.

Competition for the award was as fierce as ever. Paul Heckingbottom has continued the success of Barnsley by earning a comfortable finish in their first season back in the Championship.

At Sheffield Wednesday, Carlos Carvalhal has kept them on the hunt for promotion to the Premier League.

But ultimately the winner of the award came down to the two promotion winners, Darren Ferguson and Chris Wilder.

Both were required to conduct rebuilds in order to achieve the goal of promotion and both have done superb jobs.

But it is the position from which one of those rebuild jobs was started which sees our winner claim this award.

Wilder arrived with the club at arguably its lowest ebb in some time, as far away from securing promotion as they had been since last relegated. And there was a growing disconnect between team and supporters.

After the shortest bout of teething issues, Wilder guided United on a unstoppable path to promotion, and the league title.

And he has done so while uniting the club using his own brand of incomparable passion and determination.