Chris Wilder set to sign initial six month contract with the Blades

Chris Wilder is poised to make a return to Sheffield United, having agreed to a deal extending until the season’s conclusion.

Football insider sources indicate that the 56-year-old, previously replaced by Paul Heckingbottom in 2021, is set to resume the Bramall Lane managerial role, with the Blades currently positioned at the bottom of the Premier League.

The arrangement is expected to involve an initial contract for the remainder of the season, with the possibility of an additional year.

Despite overseeing Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League as Championship runners-up last season, Paul Heckingbottom is the top-flight’s first managerial casualty this season.

His struggles in the 2023/24 campaign, marked by an 8-0 home defeat to Newcastle United in September and a 5-0 loss to Burnley on December 2, have raised concerns.

Chris Wilder, in his potential return, might find himself facing Liverpool in his first game, potentially re-igniting his previous heated rivalry with Jurgen Klopp on the touchline at Bramall Lane.

The Blades are currently four points away from safety, nevertheless, Wilder believes he can save his boyhood football club from slipping back down the second tier of English football. If he’s capable of keeping United up then that will be seen as arguably a bigger achievement than his previous tenure.

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