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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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