Sheffield United started preparing for life outside the Premier League by announcing the departure of manager Chris Wilder with the team in last place and headed for relegation.

Wilder had been manager of his boyhood club for nearly five years, leading the Blades from the third division to the Premier League. They had been challenging for European spots last season, but they’ve won just four games in the current campaign.

The decision for Wilder to leave was made “following discussions” and agreed to by mutual consent, the club said.

Wilder leaves relegation-threatened Sheffield United – reports


“We are confident that all Blades fans around the world will join us in thanking Chris for his hard work, commitment and expertise in driving the club,” the team said in a statement.

“Now the club will turn its attention to completing the season as strongly as possible and if we are…

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