Date: 23rd May 2018 at 10:38am
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With Chris Wilder tentatively linked with the vacant Sunderland job, news of his contract extension at Sheffield United took on even more importance in recent days and yesterday Blades fans got the news they had been waiting for.

Wilder has penned a 12-month extension to his deal keeping him with us until the summer of 2021.

Along with Wilder, assistant gaffer Alan Knill, goalkeeping coach Darren Ward, head of sports science Matt Prestridge and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell are all set to extend their time with us as well, with their extensions also agreed.

Speaking to the Official Site after agreeing the extension, Wilder said.

“After lengthy discussions with both owners, I am delighted and proud to carry on leading Sheffield United Football Club forward in a positive manner, as we have previously shown in the last two seasons. I’m confident we can concentrate fully on on-field issues, we are very much looking forward to pre-season and adding quality reinforcements to our squad in an attempt to build on our performance last season.”

A joint statement by our co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah was rightly positive on the news, and they confirmed that discussions over the ownership of the club were ongoing so hopefully, fans will have clarity on that front shortly as well.

Given Wilder’s achievements with us so far, a title win at League One level and almost clinching a Play-Off run last season, the news has certainly been well received by fans.

Onwards to 2018/19!