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Blades appoint Wilder as new manager

12 May 2016

Sheffield United have tempted the boss of League Two champions Northampton Town to be the new man to lead the Blades.

Chris Wilder takes over as Sheffield United manager with immediate effect, having agreed a three-year contract.

He brings with him credentials of a modern, successful manager following spells with Alfreton Town, Halifax Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town, with whom he secured the Sky Bet League Two title just last month.

Chris will be assisted by former Rotherham United defender and manager, Alan Knill, his trusted number two at Northampton.

Speaking on behalf of the club's joint owners, Kevin McCabe said: "We are delighted to appoint Chris, he has a fantastic reputation. He understands the ethos of our club and is a modern 21st century manager

"We are aware that Chris is popular with the supporters, however, this is not a sentimental appointment, he has a proven track record and is hungry to bring success to the Blades.

"He has a vision of success, knows what is required by the supporters and we will assist him as much as we can. Early talks have been positive and we look forward to a new era at Bramall Lane."

Chris needs little introduction in South Yorkshire. He is a self-confessed United fan, former Blades player and resident of the city.

He said: "A lot of supporters already know me and those who don't will soon realise that I am loyal, hard-working, straight-talking, thorough and whole-hearted in everything that I do.

"Obviously, people know my connection with the club as a supporter and former player and I want Bramall Lane to return to be an intimidating place - I don't want the players to feel it is a burden, playing in front of 20,000 fans.

"I understand the club, not just the playing side, but from the board to the Academy, including the key personnel such as Travis Binnion, John Dungworth and Mick Wadsworth, who have all enjoyed success this season.

"Alan Knill will be joining the club too, we have worked together for a long-time and he has been instrumental in the success at Northampton Town."

Chris will outline his plans and aspirations further when he and assistant Alan will meet the media on Friday.

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