The reported reason for Chris Wilder departure that could make him unsuitable for Celtic

By David Walton

March 15, 2021

The speculation linking Chris Wilder to Celtic was never going to be something that pleased everyone.

Some look at the former Sheffield United man and see the promotion successes he has to his name with three different clubs. Others look at him and can’t get the sight of Oli McBurnie and Oli Burke out of their heads.

Club fansite Sheffield United News reported on Saturday night that Celtic were keen on Wilder after his departure from the Blades. It wouldn’t have been overly-surprising either given the wonderful job he did on a limited budget in Yorkshire.

However, when you take a look at the reported reason for Wilder’s departure from Sheffield, it looks as though he may be unsuitable for the Hoops.

TalkSPORT have reported that the Englishman left due to the club’s desire to bring in a Director of Football. They state that the plan doesn’t align with Wilder’s own transfer plans. Therefore, the double-promotion-winning manager left.

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Unfortunately for those who want Wilder in, that would make things look unrealistic. The reason being that Celtic are also reportedly eyeing up a Director of Football [Daily Mail].

Indeed, the club is set for a major overhaul in the summer with a new chief executive also coming into Parkhead. But with Celtic looking at a DoF, this appears to go against what Wilder wants in terms of transfer autonomy.

In the past, the former Sheffield Utd boss has hinted at this too. Speaking earlier this season, Wilder said the following when asked about sharing big decisions with another figure: “I am a hands-on manager and anything done to improve the club, I am open to. But my style is: I have the big decisions to make. I am sure Prince Abdullah will let me get on with my job.” [BBC].

Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder (Photo by Mike Egerton – Pool/Getty Images)

In that sense, Wilder seems like he may be a little out of touch with the modern football structure. Many major clubs across Europe are now going with a DoF and for good reason.

The decision should help Celtic instill a philosophy and way of working into the club that will halt any managerial departures from rocking them in the same manner Brendan Rodgers’ did.

However, Wilder didn’t appear to be ready to share responsibility at Sheffield Utd. That would surely rule him out of the Celtic gig.

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