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Wilder remains a Blade

22 May 2018

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Sheffield United Football Club are delighted to announce that manager Chris Wilder has signed an extension to his contract with the club by a further year.

The extra 12 months now takes Chris's contract with the club to the end of the 2020/21 season.

Four members of the manager's backroom staff - assistant manager Alan Knill, goalkeeping coach Darren Ward, first team assistant coach Matt Prestridge and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell - have also agreed to the same contract extension.

Chris commented: "After lengthy discussions with both owners, I am delighted and proud to carry on leading Sheffield United Football Club forward in a positive manner, as we have previously shown in the last two seasons.

"I'm confident we can concentrate fully on on-field issues, we are very much looking forward to pre-season and adding quality reinforcements to our squad in an attempt to build on our performance last season."

Co-owners, Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah, said in a joint statement: "We are delighted to bring this news to all Sheffield United fans. It comes after another very positive season for the Blades under Chris and we are confident it will be welcomed by everyone with or associated with the club.

"The improvement in the club's performance since Chris took over as manager two seasons ago is clear. He has brought renewed energy and passion to Bramall Lane with supporters proud of the way the team approach each match.

"We are both very pleased that Chris and his backroom team have agreed to extend their current contracts by a further year. While the past two seasons have been hugely enjoyable we can only focus on the future and that future includes Chris Wilder now having the extra year's security to continue to build on his excellent work so far."

Chris led the club to promotion from League One in 2017 and guided to tenth in the Championship last season. He joined as manager in May 2016 and has been in charge for 103 games with the Blades winning 55 of them.

The co-owners continue their discussions regarding the future ownership of the club and would like to state that Chris has unwavering support from them both and the board of directors.

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