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Boss appreciative of continued support

10 May 2019

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Chris Wilder says his relationship with Stephen Bettis has been instrumental to United's continued success, on and off the field.

The pair were reunited last summer, with Bettis returning to the club on a permanent basis, following some time away due to his own business commitments following promotion from League One.

But Wilder, who has always spoken of his admiration for the Blades CEO, believes the return of Bettis has aided United's march to the Premier League.

The manager remarked: "We talk about relationships between football people, I'm not saying Steve isn't a football person and our relationship is a strong one, it's a respectful one and if that breaks down football club can be in trouble.

"Thankfully for me personally, my relationship with Steve has culminated in a decent amount of success in the last three years."

Bettis continued: "Chris touched on it, but it's the budgets for players that are the biggest at the club and it's crucial we're getting them right.

"Working together we have a great relationship. We've done some fantastic business during the transfer windows and we've managed to create assets for the club, all of which can play in the Premier League next season.

"In respect of both owners they've not let their differences affect the day-to-day running of the football club and I've made sure the club has run well with their support, we've had the success to prove it."

Wilder concluded: "The job of winning football matches is hard enough, but it's also about the bigger picture and running the club properly, if you are looking at the football world there are so many clubs who have put their futures in trouble.

"It's huge that there is stability and a pragmatic approach and that's certainly happened here, we've gone about things the right way, we've maximised our budget, brought in assets and moved players when we've had to.

"We look through the group and it is young and vibrant, full of assets and we want to add to those in the Premier League.

"The relationship I've got with Steve allows me to do my job in and around the football club to the best of my ability.

"We've got a bright future, but it's a sensible one, it's not a boom or bust scenario."


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