Sh­effield not united when it comes to sup­port of man­agers

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

WHAT a mar­vel­lous job Chris Wilder has done at Sh­effield United.

In fact, what an ex­cel­lent track record he pos­sesses of im­prov­ing ev­ery club he has man­aged.

Hal­i­fax Town, Northamp­ton Town, Ox­ford United and the Blades have all im­proved un­der his tute­lage.

You might have thought com­ing to his boyhood club would be a step too far for Wilder, with all the added ex­pec­ta­tion and pres­sure he must place upon him­self, along with the fans want­ing one of their own to suc­ceed.

But not a bit of it, he has thrived at the Lane, win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship and af­ter sta­bil­is­ing last term, you’d have to fancy them for pro­mo­tion again this time.

Let’s hope he is not spir­ited away to the Premier League be­fore his job with Blades is done. THE time has come for Jos Luhukay to step down as Sh­effield Wed­nes­day man­ager.

He is not pick­ing his best XI and the sec­ond-half col­lapse against Nor­wich City onn Satur­day was shock­ing.

The worst de­fend­ing I have seen at Hills­bor­ough since CHRIS WILDER: Ever­ton net­ted five in a Cup match in open­ing 45 min­utes back in the Eight­ies. RE­GARD­LESS of how many days’ play Sri Lanka and Eng­land get through these next cou­ple of weeks in the Test matches, it has to be said that the whole cur­rent tour has been a waste of time.

Hardly any play was pos­si­ble in the one-day se­ries be­tween the two be­cause of the weather, with Eng­land ‘win­ning’ the se­ries in which less than half the planned­for cricket was played.

Isn’t it about time that the game’s ad­min­is­tra­tors – not just in Eng­land, but world­wide – had a se­ri­ous look at the ridicu­lous sched­ule in­ter­na­tional play­ers are cur­rently hav­ing to en­dure.

It is not just the phys­i­cal and men­tal strain placed on these pro­fes­sion­als that is a con­cern, but also the knock-on ef­fect such a hec­tic sched­ule has on those play­ers’ clubs, coun­ties etc. THE big five, Manch­ester City and United, Liver­pool, Arsenal and Chelsea are con­sid­er­ing join­ing a Su­per Eu­ro­pean League. I say good rid­dance.

The win­ners of the Premier­ship will al­ways come from these five with an oc­ca­sional out­sider such as Leicester City.

The Cham­pi­onship is more en­joy­able and will get bet­ter if we see the back of these five. There may even be a bet­ter chance of money be­ing spent on teams in the lower leagues not to men­tion of grass roots foot­ball. LEWIS Hamili­ton may well be one of the great­est driv­ers of all time, but so much still de­pends on the car. That’s why I find it hard to rate F1 par­tic­i­pants as all­time great sports­men.

Has im­pressed many with the job he has done at Sh­effield United.

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