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MetiNews.Com - The Blades boss's future at the club is up in the air following this morning's press conference, where he admitted his position as manager is in doubt
Breaking News ! It would be the most Sheffield United thing ever if Chris Wilder was not manager next season. Being a Blade is an emotional rollercoaster, it always has been. Never a club to do things the easy way, every up is always followed by a down. But ever since 2016, fans have started to believe, for the first time, that that cycle was going to be broken. Yet, today's news that the manager's future is not clear has a lot of supporters now worried that a journey that looked like it was still in its infancy could well be coming to the end. Wilder and Prince Abdullah have not been on the same page over the future direction of the football club for some time. However, having began the year with fears he was ready to call time on his four-year reign, supporters had been encouraged by recent press conferences, where Wilder had began talking about next season for the first real time. But his tone in the past two weeks has changed to that of warnings that he will not be here unless he has certain assurances. He mapped out his plan earlier today, which he insists was the club plan all along, and it involves keeping the squad together, investing in the infrastructure, in particular the training ground which is still yet to happen, and making a push for promotion. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Wilder again said today, when speaking about Rhian Brewster's signing, that 'every decision I make is for the good of Sheffield United, it's not about me'. Brewster's signing, while the clear elephant in the room between manager and owner, was done, in his eyes with the club's best interest at heart. Unable to attract Premier League players due to wage constraints, Wilder feels an England under 21 international that fitted the club's wage bill with proven Championship pedigree should they suffer relegation, was a safer way of investing in the future to avoid the club following the examples of Stoke and Sunderland should they suffer the drop. Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster. (Image: Michael Regan via Getty Images) Admitting last week that the club policy was to go down this road, he has every right to feel he should not have to lose his best players. The fact that he has now changed his tone in press conferences to demand that that doesn't happen is a nod towards what has been said behind the scenes, otherwise he would not be saying it, and talk of uncertain futures would not be coming out. An ambitious manager who wants to make this football club great has every right to ask the board that three training pitches shared between the under 18s, under 23s and first team at Shirecliffe is not good enough at this level and that a former working men's club is not good enough for a club of this size. It's not about him being bigger than the club and making demands, it's about mapping what needs to happen for him to take this club forward. It's now a simple case of either the board can match that, or they can't. He has laid his cards on the table and made it clear that he will only be here next season if there can be investment in the training ground and if his squad can stay together. What needs to happen now, is for Prince Abdullah and those in the boardroom to reveal their hand. Read More Related Articles 'Lose him, lose fanbase' - Sheffield United supporters react to Chris Wilder's press conference Read More Related Articles Chris Wilder's latest admission casts fresh doubt over his future as Sheffield United manager Wilder, having admitted that 'conversations that need to take place are not happening' has moved the focus on to them. Planning for next season has to start now after the mistakes of this one. Having had a poor summer transfer window where all the main targets slipped through the net, the team headed to Scotland woefully under-prepared for the coming campaign, which was just three weeks away.
. If there is no fire-sale planned, which is hard to imagine there won't be given Wilder's constant hammering of this subject, then that needs to be said. However, if the plan is to sell and if they can't invest in the training ground and therefore cannot meet Wilder's vision, then there has to be a parting of the ways now. This cannot drag on until the summer and the rest of the season be shrouded in uncertainty.
It's been a difficult season. On the pitch an injury crisis no manager can deal with has seen the team lose its identity, while off the pitch the sheer size of the Premier League has taken its toll. Visions are no longer shared, so the best scenario is that the two parties meet halfway. Wilder might have to accept that one or two players will have to leave to balance the books, but Prince Abdullah, if he truly does want this manager in charge next season and really does want 'actions to speak louder than words', will give the Blades boss the facilities at Shirecliffe he says his players are desperately in need of to keep him happy. Everybody connected with Sheffield United is hurting right now. What was one of the best in the club's history last season, has been followed by one that has seen the fanbase lose the connection with its players that Wilder had worked hard to build.
Fans will hopefully be back inside Bramall Lane next season
The journey doesn't have to come to an end. Fans will be back in Bramall Lane next season. Jack O'Connell can be bombing down the left flank once again. Oliver Norwood's 'ping' can return and Brewster and Oli McBurnie have already shown they can score the goals to fire United back to the Premier League. There will be few fans sad to see the back of this division, it's weekly VAR-farce and uneducated pundits. Next season could actually be great for the club and the reset that it needs to go again. What a crying shame it would be, then, if the next time fans inside Bramall Lane belt out the Greasy Chip Butty, Wilder is not there to hear it.
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He has made this club what is it today. He made fans feel like they could believe again, and when Prince Abdullah took over from Kevin McCabe there was genuine hope that a new dawn is upon us. It's now a case of watching what happens. Does this board have what it takes to meet Wilder's vision, if not, can Wilder accept the board's vision? As he said today 'what will be will be' and all fans can do now is keep legs and fingers crossed that the manager and owner can reach an agreement for the good of Sheffield United Football Club. If not then sadly, the journey will come to an end at the one time a new one could actually start again.
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