Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder has been tipped to win the Manager of the Year award by former Blades boss Dave Bassett.
The 52-year-old has guided the South Yorkshire side to a fantastic start to life back in the Premier League, with their latest positive result being a 1-1 draw against last years Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur (BBC Sport).
He has gained many plaudits already for the work he is doing at Bramall Lane, and Bassett is the latest highlight how well Wilder has done in the top flight.
The former Oxford United man was named as the LMA Manager of the Year last season (The Guardian), and Bassett believes that he could well be in contention to win the award again after his amazing start to the current campaign.
Speaking to Love Sport Radio, Bassett said: “He’s got to be up there for manager of the season. He was manager of the year last year and he’s kept that going.
“Sheffield United have had a wonderful start to the season – they’ve not lost away from home, they’ve gone to some good clubs and acquitted themselves well.
“If they carry it on like this, he’s got a great chance of winning it again.”
There is no doubt that if Sheffield United continue to perform as they have done for the first 12 games of the season, Wilder should be considered for the Manager of the Year award.
What he is doing at Bramall Lane is quite remarkable, both in terms of results and the style of play he has implemented.
First and foremost, he has guided the Blades to fifth place after a dozen fixtures and his team have picked up points against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur (Transfermarkt). That is an excellent start given that they are a newly promoted side.
However added to that, they have played some exceptional football and have gone out to win every game, rather than sitting back and hoping for a point.
Indeed, Wilder’s 3-5-2 system is working a treat in the top flight. It ensures that they are defensively sound, they have the second best defensive record in the league so far (BBC Sport), but with the overlapping centre-backs it also allows them to create plenty of chances (dreamteamfc.com).
Wilder is showing himself to be an outstanding and revolutionary manager, and if he continues as he is doing he will almost certainly be in contention to win the individual award at the end of the season.
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