Chris Wilder reveals the secret behind Sheffield United’s remarkable journey from League One to the Premier League


Chris Wilder reveals the secret behind Sheffield United’s remarkable journey from League One to the Premier League

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is a throwback.

He stands in opposition to many of the things we associate, and perhaps dislike, about modern football.

The 51-year-old has taken his boyhood club from the foot of League One to the Premier League in less than three years – and he’s done it the old fashioned way.

“It’s not just about chucking a load of dough at it and signing players,” he told talkSPORT.

Wilder has orchestrated Sheffield United’s return to the Premier League

“It’s about knitting a team together, organisation, team spirit, work ethic and tactically playing in a way that suits you to gain results.”

The Blades are not one of the Championship’s financial powerhouses – and Wilder also comes from humble beginnings.

After starting out at non-league Alfreton Town in 2001, he landed his dream job at Bramall Lane following spells at Halifax Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town.