Barry Fry has lauded the job done by Chris Wilder at Sheffield United prior to his exit from the club in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
The manager left the Blades at the start of March after a horror run of results that has seen the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
They can still mathematically stay up but the club have won just four of their 29 games, taking 14 points, and they are 14 points behind Newcastle United.
They need a genuine miracle to stay up but Fry thinks that Wilder deserves an immense amount of credit for the work that he did during his time as manager.
Appointed in 2016 after the club finished 11th in League One, he won the league the following season, and then finished 10th in 2017/18 in the Championship. Promotion followed in 2018/19, with the club then finishing ninth last term before this disastrous campaign.
And Fry has waxed lyrical about the job he managed to do during his time at Bramall Lane.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “Chris Wilder is Sheffield United through and through, as a player, as a supporter. He loves the club dearly.
“He’s worked miracles at that club over the years, he got them up in the Premier League on players that he got from League Two, League One.
“He took them up there, he not only took them up there, they survived.”
Wilder also thinks that Sheffield United have struggled this season due to a number of injury issues, from which the club failed to recover.
He added: “He has struggled since day one this year. Every year Sheffield United are odds-on favourites to go down anyway. I think what’s happened this year is, he had horrendous injuries to begin with and he never ever recovered.”