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Gaffer speaks on Sky Sports News

14 April 2020

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Chris Wilder spoke openly about the current pandemic that is gripping the whole of the UK at present, when he appeared on The Football Show on Sky Sports News on Tuesday morning.

Speaking with Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness, the Blades boss insists the well-being of the country comes before football at such unprecedented times.

He commented: "It's a difficult time to be involved in football, I've not had a break like this between the ages of 16 and 52, since starting as an apprentice at Southampton, to the current day, but we can't complain too much.

"Like everyone else our thoughts are with those working tirelessly in the NHS and all the key workers because society isn't great at the moment and that has to be our priority.

"The players have been good as gold, obviously our recruitment has taken us into the foreign market this season and we've had players wanting to get home to see their families so that has been difficult for them.

"But I'm dialing into the coaches and the coaches are doing the same with groups of players, they understand the scenario and the situation and will be ready to go when asked to do so."

Wilder continued: "For the morale of the country, everyone will be looking forward to getting football back, but we've got to deal with this unprecedented scenario, something we've not experienced since a terrible winter in 1961 when there were postponement of games for a long period of time.

"We're not scared about the fixture list if we are fortunate enough to qualify for Europe and I look at Wolves.

"I'm a massive admirer of Nuno and his group of players, the way they adjust physically and are able to keep a very settled core to the team, both in the league and in Europe.

"They are ahead of us in terms of investment, but Wolves are a brilliant example of handling the Premier League as a promoted side and going from strength-to-strength in your second season."

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