Fleck ad­mits Scot­land man­ager re­minds him of Wilder at Sh­effield United

Evening Times - - SPORT | BACK LINE - Ste­wart Fisher

JOHN FLECK sees a bit of his Sh­effield United gaf­fer Chris Wilder in the way Steve Clarke goes about his busi­ness with Scot­land.

With the ex­cep­tion of Andy Robert­son, the na­tional team will go into March’s Euro 2020 play-off ties with a squad de­void of huge stars yet happy to trade that off for the hard work and or­gan­i­sa­tion they feel can make them a match for any­one on their day.

Such prin­ci­ples see the new­lypro­moted Blades sit­ting fifth in the Premier League ta­ble right now, just one spot be­low Manch­ester City, and the for­mer Rangers youth doesn’t see why a sim­i­lar un­der­dog story can’t un­fold with Scot­land. While Clarke is the reign­ing foot­ball writ­ers’ man­ager of the year, Wilder is the cur­rent holder of the LMA award south of the bor­der.

“He’s a win­ner and he’s very hon­est, straight down the mid­dle,” said Fleck of his club man­ager. “What you see is what you get with him. Whether he’s speak­ing to the press or the boys in the chang­ing room, he’s al­ways the same – a bit like the gaf­fer with Scot­land. He’s great as well. He works you hard but it’s also en­joy­able.”

Fleck was hop­ing for more min­utes dur­ing this dou­ble header but he was de­lighted to come off the bench to have a hand in Scot­land’s third goal against Kaza­khstan.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s dis­ap­point­ing when you’re not get­ting the min­utes un­der your belt but we’re all in this to­gether,” said the mid­fielder (right), who takes on Manch­ester

United this week­end.

“From a per­sonal point of view, it was great to come on against Kaza­khstan and con­trib­ute to one of the goals; any time you come on you want to make an im­pact.

“Over­all, it’s been an en­joy­able camp. It’s not been a great cam­paign but we’ve had a great end to it, with three wins in a row, and we can take that into those mas­sive games in March.”

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