Chris Wilder in quit threat as boardroom battle leaves Sheffield United boss exasperated

MANAGER Chris Wilder has warned he could quit boyhood club Sheffield United if the Bramall Lane ownership battle is not resolved quickly.
Quit threat: Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage)Quit threat: Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage)
Quit threat: Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage)

The Blades boss has been left frustrated at an internal tug-of-war for control at the Lane between joint owners HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosa’ad Abdulaziz Al Saud and Kevin McCabe.

They have been battling for control at United while Wilder attempted to achieve back-to-back promotions.

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After winning the League One title last season the Blades saw their faint play-off hopes ended on Saturday with a 1-0 home loss to Preston North End. Wilder then questioned his future at United and urged the owners to thrash out a deal.

“I really shouldn’t be talking about any of this and if people don’t like it they have to deal with it,” said the 50-year-old.

“This is my city, my football club. I have worked extremely hard to get in this position, I am ambitious. I believe in the ability of myself and my staff.

“I want to go forward with this club, but I can’t do it all on my own. If it stays the same I don’t think anybody would be surprised if I didn’t question where my career was going.

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“I want to progress my career, the careers of the staff and the players – and most importantly give the supporters some hope we can have a genuine football club with a strategy and plan to move forward.

“I don’t want away, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. But I’m the voice, aren’t I? I can’t say everything is rosy, it’s brilliant and I’m enjoying this because it isn’t. This isn’t the way forward.

“One hundred per cent I want to stay, but, like anybody else, you’ve always got a decision if you don’t agree with what’s going on above you.

“I’ve had it before when I’ve been at a club and didn’t enjoy it. I stayed when I had a chance to get out. I won’t make that mistake again.”

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