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Boss signs new contract

10 January 2020

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Happy New Year Blades fans... Chris Wilder has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Following negotiations with the board, the Sheffield-born manager has signed a four-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2024, with a club option for an additional year.

Blades owner Prince Abdullah commented: "Chris has played an integral role in our recent and current success and we want him at the helm in the future, driving us forward, hence the new long-term contract. He is a dynamic leader, with whom the supporters connect and it is important that we have someone of his stature leading this club on the field. January is a very important month but securing the signature of Chris was paramount and underpins all the plans we have for the club over the next few years."

Speaking ahead of the Premier League encounter with West Ham United on Friday evening, Wilder said: "Naturally, I'm delighted to sign a new deal until 2024 and commit to the club that is close to my heart. I am grateful to Prince Abdullah for taking the initiative and offering this contract, we've had a great few years and hopefully we can continue the upward curve - let's see how far we can go on this journey."

In addition, assistant manager Alan Knill has also signed a new contract.

Chris and Alan arrived at Bramall Lane in May 2016 after guiding Northampton Town to promotion from League Two, and immediately sparked an upturn in fortunes for the Blades. In the first season in S2, Chris guided United to the League One title with a refreshing brand of football which saw the Blades hit 100 points and net 92 goals.

With some shrewd business in the transfer market, United were instantly established back within the second tier during their second season at the helm, but the best was yet to come. After another positive start to a Championship campaign, the Blades this time stayed the course, achieving automatic promotion to the Premier League - a second promotion in three seasons.

During the current campaign, the Blades have continued to shine, with Chris's approach to a first top flight season in 12 years winning many an admiring glances as United ended 2019 in the top eight.

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