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Blades appoint Chris Wilder as new boss

Sheffield United have appointed Chris Wilder as their new manager.

Chris Wilder will be unveiled on Friday. Credit: Press Association

Wilder, who led Northampton Town to League Two title glory last month has agreed a three-year contract at Bramall Lane.

The 48-year-old has had spells with Alfreton Town, Halifax Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town.

He will be assisted by former Rotherham United defender and manager, Alan Knill, his trusted number two at Northampton.

Wilder succeeds Nigel Adkins who was sacked after just one season at the South Yorkshire club.

"We are delighted to appoint Chris, he has a fantastic reputation. He understands the ethos of our club and is a modern 21st century manager

"We are aware that Chris is popular with the supporters, however, this is not a sentimental appointment, he has a proven track record and is hungry to bring success to the Blades. "He has a vision of success, knows what is required by the supporters and we will assist him as much as we can. Early talks have been positive and we look forward to a new era at Bramall Lane."

– Kevin McCabe, joint-owner and chairman of Sheffield United

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Former Sheffield United striker to hear appeal against rape conviction

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is to have his appeal against his rape conviction heard today.

Ched Evans during his trial Credit: PA

The Criminal Cases Review Commission referred Evan's case to the Court of Appeal on the basis of new information not raised at his trial.

They believe that the new evidence could see his conviction quashed.

Jose Baxter suspended by Blades

Sheffield United midfielder Jose Baxter has been suspended by the club.

It is the second time he has been suspened Credit: PA

Baxter was also suspended by the Blades last year after failing a drugs test.

Sheffield United Football Club can confirm that Jose Baxter has been suspended. Procedures are being followed and no further comment will be made until the completion of these actions.

– Sheffield United

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Football Association looking into claims of 'ISIS chants' at Bramall Lane

The Football Association says it is looking into claims of alleged racist chanting from Sheffield United fans towards Bradford City fans during their League One match at Bramall Lane on Monday.

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A few hundred Sheffield United fans near the away terrace allegedly sang 'You’re just a town full of ISIS' towards the 4,000 travelling support from Bradford.

The FA have confirmed that they are aware of the allegations and looking into the matter.

Sheffield United won the match 3-1.

Blades legend Alan Hodgkinson dies, aged 79

The legendary former Sheffield United and England goalkeeper Alan Hodgkinson has died at the age of 79.

Alan Hodgkinson collecting his MBE in 2008 Credit: PA

Hodgkinson, who was born in Maltby, made 674 appearances for the Blades between 1954 and 1970, and played five times for England in the late 50s.

After the end of his playing career he became a goalkeeping coach, working at more than a dozen clubs, including Manchester United, and was credited with bringing Peter Schmeichel to Old Trafford.

Sheffield Utd to face Manchester Utd in FA Cup

Sheffield United have been drawn away to Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.

Sheffield United have been drawn away to Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup. Credit: Press Association

Scunthorpe could face a trip to Chelsea if they can get past Leyton Orient in their replay.

Leeds United will host Rotherham and Hull City will host Championship leaders Brighton in the third round.

All tied will be played between 8 and 11 January.

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