Pundit View: Ian Holloway gives glowing appraisal of Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder is doing a fantastic job as manager of Sheffield United.

The Blades are currently in the thick of the Championship promotion race, and stand an excellent chance of securing Premier League football for next season.

What is perhaps most impressive, though, is the manner in which the Blades have launched their promotion bid. Wilder has them playing scintillating attacking football, which is not only proving successful, but it is also regularly entertaining the Bramall Lane faithful. 

Former Blackpool boss and EFL on Quest pundit Ian Holloway has certainly been impressed by what he’s seen from the 51-year-old coach this season.

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What he said

In an exclusive interview with Football League World, Holloway gave his appraisal of Wilder’s work: “I think their manager is probably one of my favourites on the planet. If you gave him a group of players like at Chelsea he would make them play so brilliantly it would be unreal.

“I’m not saying he’s going to get that job but if you had the best players in the world playing the way he does, with the way they set you back, it would almost be like Man City.”

He continued: “I think he has done a fantastic job wherever he has been and Sheffield United are so lucky to have him…It’s all or nothing the way they play and I love it.”

Getting carried away

The Blades certainly are entertaining, but probably no more so than Leeds United and Norwich City have been at times this season. To suggest that Wilder could get Chelsea playing like Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, when even Maurizio Sarri isn’t managing that, is fanciful to say the least.

However, regardless of whether or not Holloway has gotten slightly carried away with himself, the United squad and fanbase ought to take heart from his comments.

As a tough run-in approaches at the end of a gruelling campaign and with so much on the line, knowing that they have such a highly-regarded manager can only help in terms of confidence and belief.