Chris Wilder set to enter managerial market and could be of interest to Celtic

By John McGinley

March 12, 2021

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is set to leave his role as manager at the club in news that will surely be of interest to Celtic.

BBC Sport report that after five years, Wilder will leave his position today. Sheffield United are rooted at the bottom of the English Premier League table.

Wilder led the Blades from League One to the top-flight with two promotions in three seasons, then kept them in the cash-rich division with a ninth-place finish last term.

This year, it hasn’t gone to plan and his side have only managed to win 14 points from 28 matches.

Given his experience and recent achievements, however, it would be a surprise if he wasn’t at least considered by the decision-makers at Celtic Park.

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The Bhoys are on the hunt for a new boss after Neil Lennon’s resignation last month.

Interim manager John Kennedy is unlikely to be give the permanent role and Wilder is just one of a number of interesting names currently on the market.

Sheffield United News have already linked Celtic with interest in Wilder, though it’s said Crystal Palace are also considering him as an option to replace Roy Hodgson.

The 53-year-old favours a possession-heavy, swashbuckling style that could prove to be a big hit at Celtic. His 3-5-2 system took the Premier League by storm last season, inspiring United to wins against Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal amongst others.

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

However, it’s unclear whether Wilder would fit into a new structure at Celtic comfortably. The club are on the brink of bringing in a sporting director to oversee the football department and that could clash with his management style.

Still, it’s yet another name to watch over the coming days and weeks.

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