Chris Wilder's name isn't box office but Celtic would be getting a fine football manager
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.
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:
I’d take Wilder but Celtic are going down the director of football route and Wilders not a fan of that
— James Houston (@james_houston) March 14, 2021
Imagine wanting Chris Wilder as the next Celtic manager.
A man who chose Burke & McBurnie as his strike partnership 🤷🏻♂️
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) March 14, 2021
Chris wilder was a manager that desperately needed a DOF, look at his poor transfers that eventually cost him his job. Celtic must step forward and not stand still
— Bhoys Analytics (@BhoysAnalytics) March 14, 2021
With regards Chris Wilder coming to Celtic, his record is impressive but I would need to question his ability to manage along with his sanity if he thinks £20m for McBurnie is a good deal!
That's why I wouldnt want Clarke near the job as well, another guy that played McBurnie!
— Tír Eoghain! (@socialistrep16) March 14, 2021
Chris Wilder to Celtic rumours going about… I would like that appointment! The man worked wonders at Sheff Utd and would have a no-nonsense approach. My only concern is he made a lot of big money signings which were hopeless, like McBurnie and Brewster!
— Gordon Campbell (@GordonCampbell1) March 13, 2021
Won’t attract good players. Doesn’t play exciting football , bought mcburnie for 20m , embarrassing in the premier league this season and doesn’t fit the mould we want. Which is young enthusiastic and out the box thinker.
— Huell Babineux 🇩🇰 (@babineux_huell) March 14, 2021