Neil Warnock has lauded the “amazing” tenure of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and backed his former club to achieve European qualification in their first season back in the Premier League.
Wilder’s team, in League One three seasons ago, were seventh in the Premier League with a game in hand on their nearest rivals when the coronavirus pandemic forced the competition to be suspended on March 13.
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Fourth-placed Chelsea is five points ahead as the Blades, who ended a 12-year absence from the English top-flight last season, the dream of qualifying for a major European competition for the first time in the club’s 131-year history
The Premier League is planning towards a targeted return to competitive action in mid-June after players returned to non-contact training in small groups earlier this week, and ex-Sheffield United boss Warnock holds Wilder’s achievements in high esteem.
“Normally when you leave a club you don’t want them to do well!” Warnock, who led Sheffield United to the Premier League in 2006 during a seven-and-a-half-year managerial tenure at Bramall Lane, told Sky Sports News.
“Sometimes he’s a bit harsh but Chris cares and [Sheffield United] are very fortunate to have him in charge”
Neil Warnock on Chris Wilder
“From my point of view I think Chris has done an amazing job. He’s a Yorkshire lad like myself, born and bred Sheffield United.
“But because of that he is not really given enough credit.”
Warnock was confident Wilder was forging something special when he came up against his former club when he led Cardiff to Premier League promotion and the Blades narrowly missed out in the 2017-18 season.
“I looked at the way they played and I have done since and I couldn’t fathom it out!
“You can have a period against them where you can do this and do that and you might have a 15/20 minute spell-like Manchester United did when they played them and scored three goals in 20 minutes [earlier this season].
“But generally it is very very difficult.