Written by Luke Sheppard
Think back to the 8th May, 2016. It was the final day of what was a disastrous and humiliating season for the Blades, with many supporters happy to see the season end. Sheffield United were facing Scunthorpe United that day, with manager Nigel Adkins fighting to keep his job. The Blades were awful, lacked the passion Nigel Adkins insisted the players had, and lost 2-0 in what was a terrible end to a terrible season. Shouts of “You’re getting sacked in the morning” rang out around Bramall Lane, with many supporters sick and tired of the Nigel Adkins regime. The managers final interview was the final straw for supporters sitting on the fence over the then managers future, with Adkins saying “It was a sunny day” and taking a sneaky dig at the supporters who remained so loyal throughout the shambolic season.
The End For Nigel
It was announced on the 12th May that Sheffield United had parted company’s with Nigel Adkins, even though back in February Sheffield United half owner Kevin McCabe insisted Nigel Adkins would remain as manager of the Blades. Few supporters were disappointed, after what really was an awful season for a great football club.
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Chris Wilder Appointment
Chris Wilder was appointed as manager of Sheffield United on the same day Nigel Adkins parted company with the club, and it went down well with the supporters. Wilder is a lifelong Sheffield United supporter, he had been a ball boy in his youth years and twice a player, he has definitely brought the whole football club together, United as one.
After a very shaky start to the season, with the Blades bottom of the league after 4 games, he has completely turned things round with the United unbeaten in 11 league games. United were expected to have a slow start, it was a new team after having a huge clear out in the summer, including releasing their captain from the previous season, Jay McEveley. Wilder brought in players that he knew could do it at League One level, something which Sheffield United supporters have cried out for for years. Mark Duffy, who got into the team of the year the previous season, then on loan at Buton Albion from Birmingham City, has looked a different player since Wilder changed to the 5-3-2 formation, with Duffy playing in a free-roam position, the same position he played in the previous season, for Burton Albion.
The Loan signing of Ethan Ebanks-Landell from Wolves has proved to be popular with the supporters, reminding the Blade fans of a player they haven’t seen since Chris Morgan, a proper, old fashioned centre half.
Unbeaten in 11, Chris Wilder has made the Blades United again, with the supporters, players, board and management all moving in the same direction. Can United keep this great run of form up? We will have to wait and see. There is talk of a few arrivals in January for the Blades, Chris Wilder today didn’t rule out a possible return for striker Ched Evans, who will be facing United on Sunday, featuring for Chesterfield. After scoring 24 goals in six games, do United need another striker? With Billy Sharp in fine goal scoring form, and Leon Clarke and Matt Done returning from their injury’s. The Blades will be hoping to make it 12 unbeaten in the league on Sunday, and with the club finally moving in the right direction, will Wilder get the Blades promoted after 4 managers have failed to? We will have to wait and see.
Sheffiled United fans, what has Wilder brought to the side? Let us know in the comments below!