Wilder insists he wants to take Sheffield United 'to the next level'

‘We’re still a selling club, but a more powerful one’: Chris Wilder admits Sheffield United stars could be plucked by top clubs but insists he wants to take Blades ‘to the next level’

  • Chris Wilder is a contender for manager of the season for Sheffield United’s rise
  • The Blades have punched well above their weight, sitting in eighth place 
  • Though worried about big clubs swooping for their talent, Wilder is ‘ambitious’ 
  • Wilder insists he is happy in Sheffield and wants to take them even higher  

Chris Wilder says there is still plenty of work to be done at Sheffield United and is not thinking about his own future beyond his hometown club.

However, the Blades boss admits they are vulnerable should bigger clubs come calling for some of his star players this summer.

Wilder remains part of the manager-of-the-year conversation after taking his newly-promoted side to the brink of European qualification.

Chris Wilder is staying put at Sheffield United, and insists he wants to take the club up a level

A number of the Blades’ talents like Jack O’Connell have been touted for move to top clubs 

Wilder believes Sheffield United are now a more powerful club after their incredible season

But, when asked what would happen should an approach be made for his services, Wilder said: ‘I’m happy, I’ve signed a new long-term contract. I’m ambitious, I want to succeed, to take us to the next level on a lot of fronts.

‘That’s the big thing for me, that we keep improving on the pitch. Off the pitch, I hope that we grow in terms of facilities and infrastructure.

‘We’re behind in a lot of aspects and it won’t happen overnight, but as long we show an attitude and a work ethic to improve, that for me is key to making it happen.’

The likes of defenders Jack O’Connell, John Egan and George Baldock have all been the subject of interest from elsewhere in recent months, and Wilder said: ‘We understand that. I think we are still a selling club, but we are a more powerful one now.

The Blades sit eighth, looking in contention for European qualification for much of the season

Wilder hopes to improve many factors on and off the pitch at Sheffield as his tenure extends

‘We can attract better players. We’ve always attracted players because of the size of the football club and history.

‘But I still think that from a wages point of view, if any of the big clubs did come calling for any of our players, I can’t stand in their way.

‘I’m not being negative about it, I’m jut being realistic, but we have more control. In any transfer there is the buying club, the selling club and the player, and we recognise our power in that three.

‘No-one is going to put a gun to our head to accept small offers for players we rate and value.’

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