Chris Wilder officially leaves Sheffield United by mutual consent amid Celtic rumours

By John McGinley

March 13, 2021

Sheffield United have parted ways with manager Chris Wilder by mutual consent, amid rumours linking him to the vacant job at Celtic.

Wilder told the Blades’ official website: “Being manager of Sheffield United has been a special journey and one I’ll never forget. I was delighted to be given the opportunity back in 2016 and have been delighted with the success which we have achieved, including two promotions and a highest-ever Premier League finish. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Club’s accomplishments along the way, including the players, staff and, in particular, the supporters.”

It comes as Wilder’s name continues to be linked to Celtic Park after the departure of Neil Lennon.

He is currently the heavy favourite with various bookmakers ahead of John Kennedy, Eddie Howe and Enzo Maresca. [OddsChecker]

Fansite Sheffield United News also reported this evening that the reason there had been a delay in his exit announcement was because of interest from the Bhoys.

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The Wilder speculation hasn’t exactly been met with enthusiasm from Celtic supporters. Many commenting online over the last few days don’t think he fits the profile of what the Hoops need next season in beyond.

However, he did earn two promotions in three years with Sheffield United. He also guided them to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League last term with wins against Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea along the way.

Clearly things haven’t worked out this season. The Blades are due to be relegated back to the Championship, leaving question marks about Wilder’s suitability for Celtic.

No doubt the speculation will continue over the next few days as Celtic search for their next permanent boss.

Whoever it is, they need the backing of supporters.

In other news, Chris Sutton claims Celtic will need £60m to close the gap on Rangers.