Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has agreed terms to remain at Bramall Lane until the 2020/21 season after signing a 12-month contract extension.
The deal will be a blessing for the club’s fans amid speculation that Wilder, 50, was set to take over at Sunderland following their relegation to League One after becoming frustrated with how United is currently being managed behind-the-scenes.
The Blades boss led his side to a 10th-placed Championship finish last season after guiding the club to the League One title in his first campaign.
Wilder has a 56.65 win percentage having won 55 of his 103 games in charge, and he will now start to look at how to improve the squad following a successful season in which the Blades fell narrowly short of the play-offs in April.
He told Sheffield United’s official website: “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.”
Sheffield United’s co-owners, Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, are said to be continuing their discussions regarding the future ownership of the club.
Assistant manager Alan Knill, goalkeeping coach Darren Ward, first team assistant coach Matt Prestridge and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell have also agreed to the same contract extension.