Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has revealed that former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder wanted to sign three players in the January transfer window in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
It was announced at the beginning of March that Wilder was set to leave the club, with the team currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
The Blades have taken just 14 points from their 29 games, and are currently 14 points away from safety with just nine games of the season to go.
Wilder spent five years during his time at Bramall Lane and is now on the lookout for a new job.
He oversaw a major investment in the summer transfer window, bringing in the likes of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool, Aaron Ramsdale from AFC Bournemouth, and Oliver Burke from West Bromwich Albion.
In total, Sheffield United spent £56.4m, per Transfermarkt, but they kept their powder dry in the January window.
And Fry has now revealed that he is aware that Wilder asked to sign two players in the January window, but was overruled by the ownership, having previously offered to resign before the window opened.
Fry told FFC: “(He’s) a Sheffield United supporter, there came a time, I think in December, that he felt that that no matter what he did, he couldn’t keep this group up. I think he felt to be fair to the fans, to the club he loves, he’d offer to resign.
“Also in December, and early January, I’ve been told that he requested three players, you know, in the window, and the board refused to back him on any, which is fair enough, because they’re going to get relegated, and they’ve got no income coming in.”
Fry also believes that the ownership were right to reject Wilder’s request, as they simply did not have the resources required to bring in any new additions, with relegation seemingly certain.
He added: “As owner of a football club, if I’ve not got it, I can’t give it to you. I think Chris Wilder would have accepted that and got on with the job.”