Odds comparison next Sheffield United Manager
Sheffield United have been pushing for promotion back up to the Championship ever since they suffered relegation from the second tier at the end of the 2010/11 season. Despite reaching the play-offs in three of their four attempts, a return to the Championship has so far evaded The Blades.
No fewer than six managers have taken control of the club since 2011, with Danny Wilson, David Weir, Nigel Clough, Nigel Adkins and caretaker manager Chris Morgan all taking on the role before Chris Wilder took the reigns ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
The former Sheffield united player has insisted that his goal this season is to achieve promotion and so far he is steering the club towards victory, with just a few points separating them from the automatic play-off spots. Even if the club miss out on promotion again next year, they look set to achieve their best league finish since 2011/12, when they finished up in third place.
With Wilder proving to be an impressive capture, it won’t be too long until other clubs begin to show an interest in his services. Should Wilder depart, the club will face the difficult task of appointing manager number seven, but who would they bring in as his replacement?
The easiest option for the club would be to appoint a new manager from within. Alan Knill arrived at the club to serve as assistant manager under Wilder, after sticking by him through his previous spell with Northampton Town, and may be worth considering.
Despite reducing his role in recent seasons, Knill has plenty of experience at this level, having previously managed Rotherham United and Chesterfield. He hasn’t achieved too much during his management career, but having worked as Wilder’s right-hand man for so long, he would be the perfect option to continue the departing boss’ work.
Of course, there are plenty of other options for the club to turn to should they wish to go in a different direction following Wilder’s exit. Steve Cotterill is available after losing his place at Bristol City earlier this year. While he struggled to keep his side in the Championship, he did take them from 12th place in 2013/14 to League One champions in 2014/15 and that experience would be invaluable to a club looking for an extra push to take them to the next level.
Alternatively, if the club are after a marquee appointment, former Premier League manager Roberto Di Matteo is available after he was sacked from his position as manager of Championship side Aston Villa in October.
It isn’t often that a League One side gets the opportunity to appoint a Champions League winning coach. However, Di Matteo’s stock has plummeted since he clinched the coveted trophy with Chelsea back in 2012 and he is likely to jump at the opportunity to return to management following his Aston Villa reign. His history has been somewhat turbulent, but one of his best seasons came with MK Dons when he guided them to the League One play-offs, which will bode well with the Sheffield United board.