"If I was an owner"; Jamie Redknapp talks up Chris Wilder as Celtic links discussed on Sky Sports

By John McGinley

March 14, 2021

Jamie Redknapp has been talking up the managerial abilities of former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, amid links to the Celtic job.

Wilder is currently one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the vacant position at Celtic Park ahead of John Kennedy, Eddie Howe, Enzo Maresca and others.

The experienced boss officially left his post last night by mutual consent.

He was discussed extensively on Sky Sports ahead of Sheffield United’s match against Leicester City this afternoon.

Pundit Andy Hinchcliffe told the broadcaster on Super Sunday: “I certainly hope he stays in football. I hope he stays in the British game. Celtic, there’s been rumours of him going up there. He’s too good a man, he’s too good a coach, for football to not have him somewhere.”

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Redknapp meanwhile is clearly irked that Wilder has been let go by the Blades in the manner he has.

The former Liverpool star reckons any club would be lucky to have him.

He told Sky Sports Super Sunday (13:45): “I find it really uncomfortable talking about it because he’s someone who did an amazing job.

“Pre-lockdown, we were talking about if they could qualify for the Champions League. Lockdown obviously caused them a lot of problems. The signings probably haven’t worked out, Brewster – when you bring a young player in, you’re hoping they hit the ground running, that hasn’t worked.

“But when I think back to the job that he did, how he played with the back three with the two centre-halves overlapping. It was revolutionary in a way and we don’t expect a manager to do something we haven’t seen before.

“But he’ll bounce back. If I was an owner right now and I’m thinking of a manager to play the right way and get the best out of players, Chris Wilder would be right on top of my list.”

Is Chris Wilder the right fit for Celtic?

The Wilder links to Celtic haven’t been universally popular with supporters. Rumours last night that the Bhoys had made an approach for him were met with a fair bit of social media anxiety.

There are concerns about the 53-year-old’s signing record, having spent large amounts of money on Oli McBurnie and other under-performing players.

However, would that be relevant at Celtic given the way signings are made by committee? Wilder would only be one cog in the recruitment machine, especially in a new director of football model.

Chris Wilder has become available as Celtic search for a new manager / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Equally, Wilder’s managerial style could clash with that model. Reports last week indicated that a clash over the use of a director of football at the Blades led to his exit. [talkSPORT]

With an attractive playing style and successful promotions with Sheffield United, as well as their highest ever Premier League finish, there are arguments in Wilder’s favour.

From the Celtic support’s perspective though, the jury is most certainly out.

In other news, why Roy Keane rejected Celtic in 2014 as he puts his name forward for the manager job.