Chris Wilder's name isn't box office but Celtic would be getting a fine football manager

By David Walton

March 14, 2021

It’s fair to say the prospect of Chris Wilder to Celtic has left the Parkhead fans split.

Wilder officially left Sheffield United after performing miracles in Yorkshire. The boyhood Utd fan left after guiding the Blades from League One into the English Premier League in the space of only three years.

Last season, United ended the campaign with a top-half finish after securing ninth place. It was their best record in English football in 28 years.

However, unfortunately, poor recruitment this season has led to a miserable campaign from the Blades. Wilder had Utd bottom of the Premier League and 14 points adrift from safety.

Last night, a report from Sheffield United News, a club fansite, stated that the announcement of Wilder’s departure had been delayed due to interest from Celtic. However, the Yorkshire club have now announced his departure.

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Impressively and admirably, Sheffield Utd continued to play a short-passing possession game this season that was easy on the eye. Wilder never resorted to the long ball regardless of how difficult things got in the top flight.

With bombing full-backs such as George Baldock and Enda Stevens, Wilder put an emphasis on stretching back-lines with their wide play. That’s something that should read promisingly for Celtic supporters if he becomes our new boss.

Chris Wilder is already being mentioned as a candidate for the Celtic job / (Photo by John Sibley – Pool/Getty Images)

However, many won’t be too impressed with Sheffield’s recruitment this season. The club splashed out on West Brom flop Oli Burke and also spent as much as £20m on the woefully under-performing Oli McBurnie [BBC].

Wilder spoke about recruitment with Sheffield Utd at the start of 2021. He had a pop at those who have cheap digs at the club’s signings, and stated that they don’t realise just how hard it is to sign Premier League level players for the Blades [Examiner Live].

And he has a right to defend himself, his track record speaks for itself. Wilder already had two promotions to his name with Oxford United and Northampton Town before his move to Sheffield. The latter he managed to get bumped up to League One despite crippling financial difficulties. Say what you want about the lack of excitement Wilder’s name brings, but he’s proven to be a fine football manager.

Even so, the Englishman has certainly divided the Celtic supporters when it comes to his suitability for the Parkhead managerial gig. Delving into the whacky world of Twitter, here’s a look at what some Hoops supporters are saying:

https://twitter.com/crocoman07/status/1371045775950635011

https://twitter.com/jvbbavx/status/1370360450068705284

In other news, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has discussed the Ben Davies situation after Celtic’s failed January pursuit.