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2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Former Everton and Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell is training with Sheffield United and Blades manager Chris Wilder is exploring the possibility of recruiting him in the January transfer window] It’s not a trial. Jack is in for a few days. As you’ve seen in the past, David McGoldrick came in for a few days and Jack is looking at us and we are looking at Jack. He is obviously a very, very talented player who obviously should be playing in the Premier League regularly…he’s looking for a home and it’s something that might develop along the way
People will try and put two and two together. Defence and midfield are the main areas, just to strengthen and boost the squad for the second half of the season
2020 01 21 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker has been offered a return to Sheffield United when he eventually leaves Manchester City] Kyle’s a Sheffield boy. I tried to tap him up when we played City [before] but he said he’s got a another couple of years playing there. He’s one I would take and I think the world of him. I’m sure we’ll be able to find a role for him when he decides to leave Manchester. He’s a top player and he’s already said he wants to finish what has been a brilliant career back at Sheffield United. Don’t count against it. He’s got my number and he knows he can phone me any time
2020 03 06 Retrieve
[It is now two and a half years since the Norwich coach was delayed by traffic on its way to Bramall Lane, the Canaries won 1-0 and Chris Wilder raged in impotent fury] There might be a bit of traffic at a football stadium when about 28,000 are turning up. Do a little bit of homework and possibly set off 10 minutes earlier
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and staff agree to pay deferral] It is a difficult time for everyone and that includes Football Clubs and this particular measure is all about our Football Club.
I’ve had similar experiences of cash flow problems at other Clubs and I’m delighted that my staff have supported me in assisting our Club in a small way.
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says he will respect the wishes of any player who doesn’t feel comfortable returning to football amid the coronavirus pandemic] If any individual players, took that decision and come to me saying it’s not for me I would respect that. Speaking to the players, speaking to the captain of the football club, not because of the position that we are in, [they want to continue the season]. One of the slightly disappointing things is that people have taken a line based on their position in the division, which I think is a little disappointing.
We’ve got to look at the bigger picture. I have had an experience of working in all levels of football, and I do understand the implications of the Premier League restarting, and the effect that would have down the pyramid as well
2020 05 08 Retrieve
[Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is confident that Dean Henderson will see out the 2019-20 campaign at Bramall Lane, with it considered to be ‘morally correct’ for Manchester United to honour a season-long loan] I personally think it will be morally correct to leave [Henderson] playing with Sheffield United for the last 10 games of the season. Because of the legalities and the situation regarding the expiry of the loan, they might take that decision [to recall him], but we are not a threat to Man Utd. They will be quite happy with the players that they have got that will see them through the season. Have you just said something there about a Champions League place? We’ve only just got enough points to stay in the Premier League. Sheffield United competing with Man Utd for a Champions League place, are you sure? We’re not a threat to them. A Ford Fiesta isn’t going to get past a Ferrari
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Asked whether he had been in touch with Manchester United over keeping Henderson until the end of the current campaign] There has been, there always is. Not every conversation is put out to the media. I spoke to Ole yesterday [Sunday] morning and I thanked him for his cooperation with Dean. We’re in the process, in the next couple of days, of finalising Dean staying with us until the end of the season. I’ve got to say, the manager [Solskjaer] was brilliant and has been always with me and our football club. He was very pro Dean staying and delighted in terms of what Dean has produced for us and what we’ve done for Dean
[On Henderson’s future beyond this season] We’ve had initial conversations. We would be open to Dean coming back but I’ve got huge respect for Manchester United and he’s their player and they’ll make that decision, in conjunction with Dean. From our point of view, obviously if there is an opportunity, we’d love to take that up
[Wilder hopeful of rebuilding momentum] We’ve done as much as we possibly could have done to give us the best opportunity of producing a decent performance, but I’ll only know at 6pm when that ball gets rolling at Villa Park. All the players have come back in brilliant condition but you never know where the levels are between all the clubs. Tactically, we won’t lose too much in terms of how we play. The majority of teams will be the same. From the physical aspect, where you are going to be is going to be the key element. We did have momentum and we were on a great run. Everybody has their own situations, with injuries and form, and sometimes the break comes at the right time. That will be a question for Dean [Smith] as well as me. I’m sure Dean would say it was a great time because he gets players back fit, regroup and kick-start their season. It’s a brilliant club, I have an awful amount of time for Dean and what he’s done. It would always have been a really difficult game and it still is, so nothing really changes
2020 06 15b Retrieve
[Manchester United and Sheffield United hold talks over deal for Dean Henderson to stay at Bramall Lane next season] There has been, there always is. Not every conversation is put out to the media. I spoke to Ole yesterday [Sunday] morning and I thanked him for his cooperation with Dean. We’re in the process, in the next couple of days, of finalising Dean staying with us until the end of the season. I’ve got to say, the manager [Solskjaer] was brilliant and always has been with me and our football club. He was very pro Dean staying and delighted in terms of what Dean has produced for us and what we’ve done for Dean. It can’t be understated the opportunity we’ve given him to play Premier League football and we’ve been delighted with him
We’ve had initial conversations. We would be open to Dean coming back but I’ve got huge respect for Manchester United and he’s their player and they’ll make that decision, in conjunction with Dean. From our point of view, obviously if there is an opportunity, we’d love to take that up
2020 06 17 Retrieve
[The apology did little to appease Blades boss Wilder, however, as he could not understand how all of the cameras could miss the incident and that video technology was not used to rectify the mistake] I think the goalkeeper was in the Holte End when he caught it - or dragged it back. My issue is obviously one of frustration. Seven cameras haven’t picked it up - the most technical league in the world - everything we see at every angle and it hasn’t seen a goal. That is disappointing from our point of view. We went to Tottenham last year, John Lundstram’s big toe was offside and I was hanging around at White Hart Lane in the pouring rain for 10 minutes waiting for a decision. I don’t understand why I can’t wait 10 minutes in Birmingham. The statement has come out and it is unprecedented, unbelievable. I did have a laugh and joke beforehand that we have had some poor decisions go against us and I said I wouldn’t bet against one going against us this evening. We were waiting for somebody at Stockley Park to show a bit of courage and say they will make that decision but if they’ve not seen it and seven cameras haven’t seen it I suppose he will say that it was not their decision to make. It was a really strange afternoon and evening. Quite difficult as well. We should never underestimate the effect of playing in front of supporters. That was quite difficult for both sets of players. Most times we would be talking about a pretty average game but we are not, we are talking about a decision that has affected the result. We were all going into the unknown today. I thought the tempo would have been a bit quicker. I love coming to this place. We’ve had some great battles. It is a club I have a huge amount of respect for but it is double difficult - you can’t replicate it when there is no-one in the ground
2020 06 27 Retrieve
[Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says Arsenal are still a powerhouse club] I’d quite like to have his problems, we all have our own issues, especially when things aren’t going great and they are not going great for us. You can never not say Arsenal are not a powerful football club in the Premier League. They have been in the division all the way through, won things. They are going through a stage like everybody does. The great Manchester United team went through that stage and came through the other end so teams do. The likes of Arsenal and Spurs are huge powerful football clubs in this division
[Wilder hopes his side can take belief from those two league games and says Sunday’s game should be enough to help his players regain their spark] We can take confidence. We have had two positive results, a home win and an away draw, so we can gain confidence but only if we produce a full-tilt and maximum performance and that has to be the aim. I have done a lot of thinking over the last week or 10 days. It hurts, we didn’t want to restart in the manner we have done, but we have done, so I have to try and affect that and find out and get the answers from somewhere and I will look as deep as I possibly can. It’s still significant, a chance to win a football match, that’s how I am approaching it. It would have been the same if it was the FA Cup third round. I would expect a reaction and I am hoping for one, a quarter-final of a major cup competition at home to Arsenal is one of the games a player should really be looking forward to.
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Dani Ceballos’ injury-time strike saw Arsenal squeeze past Sheffield United 2-1 in their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Bramall Lane on Sunday] I had complete belief we would get back into the game. I thought we dominated the game in the second half and missed the best chances, and I thought we would have another chance to win it. A couple of boys are just a bit short of belief but there are certainly encouraging signs from our point of view
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Jose Mourinho remains one of the greatest managers of the modern era as his side prepare to host Tottenham on Thursday] Without a shadow of a doubt he is one of the greatest of the modern era of football. He has won trophies everywhere he has been. You’re always judged aren’t you? You’re judged as a manager, you’re judged as a player and you’re always judged as a team in the short term. For me, the only time to reflect on it is when he finishes and that’s the only time to make a judgement on it in my opinion. I’m a big fan of him
People have their opinions on who it has affected and who it hasn’t, but from Spurs’ point of view it has helped them and they will be raring to go on Thursday night. They’ve got two top strikers back. They’ve got one of the top strikers in Europe back playing for them so they are stronger. Spurs are a huge football club with a stellar squad and an incredible manager and they will see this game as one they should be winning, that’s for sure - and rightly so from their point of view
2020 07 01 Retrieve
[Chris Wilder: Individual errors hurting Sheffield United] If you look at the goals we have been conceding they are really poor individual mistakes. Up until now we’ve had the platform to produce very good performances because we have been disciplined defensively and not given away soft goal. From our point of view it’s not an issue of the overall structure or amount of effort but games are decided in both boxes
We’ve not been clinical enough and certainly, I think seven out of the eight goals we have conceded have been individual errors and in some cases a series of errors. It’s something we have to cut out, the basic errors are really hurting us and it comes down to concentration, discipline and awareness. There’s a couple of boys whose form has dipped from the standards they have set all season and we have to help them through. Cut out the individual errors and I am sure it will be a close game and I am sure we will because we are determined that this season doesn’t just fade away
2020 07 03 Retrieve
[Wilder celebrated the three points against Jose Mourinho’s men by staying up until 4.30am, so he was in a fragile state at his pre-match press conference] I am just looking for a bit of consistency, we have had two decent performances and we are looking to make it three. If you look at the fixture list, the Premier League - it is where we all wanted to be - Burnley, top 10, Wolves, Chelsea Everton, Leicester, Southampton. I am just after performances even though the W bit at the end is important. If our team plays like it does, then we will give ourselves an opportunity of competing in this division.
2020 07 03b Retrieve
[Chris Wilder: Sheffield United boss says speculation over Sean Dyche’s Burnley future is ‘nonsense’] I have said all along I think Burnley are the most talked-about football club in our football club, £120m, £120m, £120m, another one and another one, that is what they have done, the consistency. Brilliant manager, gets the best out of his team, they are a great example for my football club and my players on how to do it. If I am sat here in four or five years time a Premier League manager like Sean is, I would be absolutely delighted
Absolute nonsense, complete nonsense in terms of anyone questioning what that man does for that football club. That is an ignorant, ridiculous opinion. Complete nonsense. I don’t get it. Have Burnley gone as far as they can with Sean Dyche or is it the other way around? I think it’s the other way around and if I was him, I would be looking at it like that. If anyone asked the question after what Sean’s done for Burnley, I would be saying has that football club done enough for the manager after what he has done for them?
2020 07 03c Retrieve
[Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie fired Sheffield United to a 3-1 win over Tottenham, as Spurs were left fuming after a VAR call denied Harry Kane an equaliser] I’ll sleep tonight. I sensed after a decent performance against Arsenal on Sunday that we were showing signs of recapturing the form that got us into the position pre-lockdown. But there’s no getting away from it, it was a really good performance and a big three points for us. The shape of the side was good. We limited an excellent side at the top of the pitch to not a huge amount of opportunities and when we broke it up we played, created some decent chances and were clinical
2020 07 05 Retrieve
[John Egan’s fine late equaliser saved Sheffield United a point as they drew 1-1 at Burnley in the Premier League] We were brave, we kept going. I believed there was something in the game for us, and I’m delighted there was. We were down on the quality we showed in midweek. But I can’t be too disappointed or down on the players. There were a lot of boys who looked quite tired in the second half, but I thought we were brave in our approach. The boys showed mentality to get something out of the game
2020 07 07 Retrieve
[Conor Coady: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder tried to sign Wolves captain] They are well led by their skipper, someone who I really admire and tried to bring to Bramall Lane. We tried to get him at the time Nuno landed and we were hoping he would try to sign a Portuguese centre-half, as they are the players who he knows well. But the boy from Liverpool, he carries himself so well and is a great captain
It’s been difficult for Jack because of the performances of the team. Jack has been pushing, he plays as a sitting midfield player, he can also play on the right of a three, and his performances around the place have been good. There is an opportunity for him to play and he is in the thought process as well, which they all have to be to play and Jack has been good
2020 07 08 Retrieve
[Premier League drinks break - is it fair?]]</b> I certainly didn’t need a drinks break on Sunday afternoon at Burnley apart from having another Bovril. That would have been my second Bovril that I have had in July on record in the history of having Bovrils. If you look, there’s not many people having a drink or there having a little slip. But there’s quite a lot of huddling going on, togetherness going on and managers, coaches getting into the players. It’s not two halves, it’s four quarters and there’s a time out inbetween. So, that’s another change that we have to get used to.
2020 07 09 Retrieve
[Chris Wilder’s post-match assessment after Sheffield United’s last-gasp victory over Wolves painted a familiar picture] The players dug really deep and found something from within […] We’ve never felt anything is in our grasp, or in our reach, we shouldn’t be anywhere near the position we are in. People should be focusing about us not being in the bottom three.
2020 07 09b Retrieve
[John Egan’s 93rd-minute winner earned Sheffield United a crucial 1-0 victory that kept their European dream alive and dented Wolves’ in the process] I pulled my calf [sprinting down the touchline!]. We were excellent, I really enjoyed watching my team play. I wouldn’t have been disappointed with a draw against Wolves and the players and manager they have. We’ve been stretched by a few things, but everyone stood up to a man, took on the challenge and we played well and were brave in possession and in defence. Both aspects of the game had to be right and they were.
2020 07 09c Retrieve
[Chris Wilder: Sheffield United European push inspired by Championship ‘steamroll’] It was disaster time, the second half performance at Newcastle and getting beat at Old Trafford. It’s one or the other, either you’re the best thing since sliced bread or you’re going down by 15 points if you produce a poor performance and a couple of bad results. Anyone can lose at Manchester United with the players they’ve got. We didn’t turn up. The reaction has been good but it was expected to be honest because of my experience of the players and what they have produced for me both this season and historically last year [in the Championship]. When the pressure was on, I didn’t think anyone else crumbled or fell away, we just put our foot down and steamrolled to the finish line
[Wilder, in a typically light-hearted mood, poked fun at the media when asked if his team were still in the race for European football] I thought you didn’t talk about us! Are we in or out? Is it the Hokey Cokey? We’ll just carry on, get our heads down, try and add to our 51 points. That will be hard on Saturday against a hugely talented side, with a hugely talented manager. I’m not surprised by the success Frank [Lampard] has had. We came up against him in the Championship against Derby and both games were tight. Frank going to Chelsea wasn’t easy - he could have gone for an easier route - but I think that it shows the type of character he is. He wants to be a successful manager as much as he wanted to be a successful player
2020 07 11 Retrieve
[For Sheffield United and Chris Wilder, a fourth consecutive home victory saw them leapfrog Wolves into sixth place] We were excellent, full value. We had to defend properly, the structure of the team was good, and we needed something going the other way, and we did. It’s been a tough schedule, and the quality of the teams we had at Bramall Lane needed turning over. I’m delighted we’ve turned Chelsea over. We’re into a rhythm, I’ve really enjoyed watching my team play because they always give me the maximum they’ve got. As a manager, that is all you can ask for
My mantra is roll on to the next three points, and if you don’t get them roll on to the next game. We really do keep things that short term. As soon as you get ahead of yourself in this game you get burned. We’ve never had that attitude. We’ve had to do well to get into this position and we are certainly going to have to do a lot of things well in the next games because they come thick and fast. My players love playing in the Premier League and the attitude part is key, but we have got some good players as well. We have players that want to defend properly, put their bodies on the line, defend with structure and identity, and the other way we’ve had something going forward
Strikers need to score goals and we need to be more clinical. David understands that, but there are other aspects he brings to the team - work-ethic, talent and he links the attack. He’s a round peg in a round hole. It’s great that he’s got off the mark, I just wish there were 30,000 in this stadium because they would have taken the roof off tonight because they know what he brings to the football club and I certainly know what he brings to the team
2020 07 11b Retrieve
[David McGoldrick broke his Premier League duck with two goals as Sheffield United dented Champions League-chasing Chelsea with a 3-0 victory at Bramall Lane] We were excellent, full value. We had to defend properly, the structure of the team was good, and we needed something going the other way, and we did. It’s been a tough schedule, and the quality of the teams we had at Bramall Lane needed turning over. I’m delighted we’ve turned Chelsea over. We’re into a rhythm, I’ve really enjoyed watching my team play because they always give me the maximum they’ve got. As a manager, that is all you can ask for
2020 07 13 Retrieve
[United boss Chris Wilder said of McGoldrick after the match] It’s great that he’s got off the mark. I just wish there were 30,000 in this stadium, because they would have taken the roof off tonight. They know what he brings to the football club and I certainly know what he brings to the team
2020 07 14 Retrieve
[Chris Wilder wants ‘severest punishment’ for those who racially abused David McGoldrick] It is concerning. It’s incredible that these things are still happening. We’ve all had abuse to some degree in the business we work in but it doesn’t make it right, it’s ridiculous. Nobody has the right to abuse anybody in any way, shape or form and it needs to be dealt with properly and the severest of punishment needs to be handed out so we can try to eradicate all this. I’m a believer in education but there has to be a price to pay for the people who think they can do this. Maybe it’s a bit extreme what I’d like to happen, and I’ll leave those opinions to myself but hopefully the authorities can take it forward and deal with it
[Wilder insists that social media platforms should be more accountable for the content that is posted on their sites] I’ve always said regarding social media that I’m not the biggest fan of it but I understand the importance of it. But more has to be done by the people who power these media outlets to work in conjunction with the police and authorities to do something about these people who feel they have the power to go online and abuse people. People can’t stay silent and I’m not surprised David and Wilf have flagged it up and they have been very brave in what they are doing and they should have every bit of support. Knowing what David is like as a player and person I know he’ll be deeply disappointed and he has mine and the players’ and the football club’s full support. He is a great guy and a fabulous footballer and most importantly a great human being to work with.
2020 07 16 Retrieve
[Leicester reignited their hopes for a Champions League place with a 2-0 win against Sheffield United, who themselves missed the chance to go into sixth] We’ve taken some enormous steps forward this season, especially recently, but we’ve taken a massive step backwards. We never deserved anything from the game, the goalkeeper has kept us in it and I think we’re delighted it took them until the 79th minute to really clinch the game. But we were off of it from the first moment to the 90th and there’s no excuse from our point of view. Technically, we were very poor and we were physically out-fought. We’ve done a job on a couple of teams recently but their fight was bigger than ours, they wanted the result more than us and they deservedly got it. There’s no blame on anything. Everybody has to go again. From the first minute, we gave the ball away and made some really poor decisions. They were sharper, quicker in thought and in action. We’ve helped them get themselves going again and we needed to be a lot better today to give them any problems. I thought it was quite comfortable for Brendan and his team, they’ve got a few injuries but I thought the spirit of their group was better than bigger than ours. When you’ve got that quality in the game tonight, there’s only going to be one winner