Chris Wilder says he is ready to “climb the next mountain” in football after revealing he’s tried to pick the heads of some of the Premier League’s top executives.

Wilder promoted Sheffield United from the first division to the first half of the Premier League in four seasons but left “the club he loves” in March amid a tumultuous campaign that ended in relegation.

The 53-year-old, who received further promotions at Oxford United and Northampton before joining the Blades, is seeing his longest time in the dugout but admits he is ready for his next challenge after a period to consider.

“It’s the first time in a long time, over 20 years [being out of management]so I miss it, but I think the word is reflection, ”Wilder said in an interview with Sky Sports News’s Tim Thornton.

“Thinking about success – because it was a great time at a club that I love, fans I loved working for, players I really enjoyed working with, employees who were all together.

“Reflecting on the things we did well and the things we didn’t do so well; I think it’s important for any manager or coach to do that. It was important that I do that over my time Work done, maybe not. ” only at Sheffield United.

“It went well for so long, but unfortunately for a while it wasn’t as good as we would have liked for a variety of reasons – some that we can control, which I’ll look back on in this reflection, and” Try that Not to make mistakes that we made during this time in an incredibly unforgiving, brutal department – and some things that we couldn’t control.

Picture:
Chris Wilder and John Egan celebrate promotion to the Premier League on the last day of the 2018/19 championship season in Stoke City

“Big injuries, Sheffield United supporters not in Bramall Lane – I know a lot of clubs will say that, but it was really difficult to take them when they weren’t there to help this team and me think we have affected each other more than any other club in this league. ” .

“You have given us the energy, drive and faith to turn defeats into draws and draws into wins and I think if you ask a player in the Premier League who played there in front of 30,000 Sheffield United fans, push your team for a result to make it as loud and hostile as possible, that was a real disappointment but for the club going forward they will have them back and I am sure that will lift the players. “

Wilder was in line to replace Sam Allardyce at West Brom before the Baggies finally turned to Valerien Ismael and has also been previously linked with Celtic, Fulham and Newcastle.

He has “missed very much” the game that has devoured his life since he was young and, as he reveals that he has sought valuable advice from some of the game’s top operators, he knows he must carefully choose his next assignment.

“I’ve worked all my life, apart from a little time on a construction site that didn’t last too long!

“I’ve worked on all levels and I want to come back, of course I do. I’ve missed it. If you’ve been in the game for as long as I have, you miss it a lot. I enjoyed the break, it was great, the batteries recharge and spend time with family but now i’m ready to rock and face the next challenge again.


Picture:
Chris Wilder says he has “tapped” top minds like Pep Guardiola

“The fantastic opportunity to play in the Premier League has allowed me to develop relationships with some great operators, from Brendan Rodgers to Pep Guardiola, to Jose Mourinho and Sean Dyche.

“I have a lot of respect for any manager who has played in the Premier League for a few years, like these guys did. I had the opportunity to tap into them, I have a couple of invitations” watch the training session and choose the one People’s brains out so I’ll definitely pick them up.

“There were a few options. It has to be right for me. The next job is really important because I’ll be judged after relegation and I didn’t enjoy it.”

“I didn’t like it, I owe it to myself, but I want to go ahead and be part of an inclusive club that is going in the right direction, that is together and that wants to achieve something.”

Wilder and Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah became increasingly divided over the club’s long-term plans as the results put pressure on.

“There are always two sides to a story, but I know what happened, I feel good in my head, and when my head is on this pillow at night, I’m happy with the decision I made for the right reasons.

“Everything I did at this football club was for Sheffield United’s best. That’s how I’ve always worked at other football clubs and I’ve always wanted to work that way in lane. It’s a club I love, everyone.” understands that. There would never be a scarf [of another club] over my head after a week or two. That would never be the situation.

“I’m disappointed, it’s also a little bit sad because it was a journey that ended abruptly and possibly ended too early in a lot of people’s opinion, but that’s football, that’s life and I ‘I’m going to the next challenge and try to climb the next mountain. “

Chris Wilder and Prince Abdullah at Sheffield United before the manager's bitter departure
Picture:
Chris Wilder and Prince Abdullah at Sheffield United before relationships broke down

Wilder, who beat Guardiola for the 2019 LMA Manager of the Year award, believes his success at Sheffield United has sometimes been too easily dismissed as being on sand and graft.

“There are still principles I will work by, but you have to move forward in this game. The best in this game had to do it. Sir Alex Ferguson sometimes had to reinvent himself and reinvent himself. Players change, player attitudes change itself, the game changes – recruitment, sports science, technology, analysis.

“I don’t think we sometimes got the credit we deserved. We were perceived as a hard-working working class that gets our hands dirty. I’m proud of that, but I think how we played, how we were treated. ” the players, the sports science, that’s what we did. “

He rejects the idea that his innovative 3-5-2 system is out of date – “I’ve trained all the different forms and systems. The last term was about money for Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge, as well as young striker Rhian Brewster, the former Blades boss points to a clever job in the transfer market.

Sander Berge is back in the Sheffield United squad after a long-term injury and Slavis Jokanovic is determined to keep him
Picture:
Sander Berge marked the club’s record signing for £ 22million last January, while Aaron Ramsdale signed on for £ 18.5million last summer

“We were in a situation there where we were in a market that was our market – everyone has their own pond for fishing [Ramsdale and Berge] were high fees from Sheffield United’s perspective, but I think if you look at it from a Premier League perspective, fees and wages are added, it puts us in perspective where we are.

“These were decisions made by a lot of people and the good ones we made – Enda Stevens, John Fleck, David McGoldrick; guys who did fantastic and got into the Premier League from the middle of League One.

“You are always judged on your recruitment, but I think the situation and the coverage of the Premier League, there is always a lot of talk, a lot of opinion, a lot of noise and nonsense and you have to take it by the chin, but we have an English U21 -Goalkeeper committed, who plays in a nation that has reached the European Championship final, and Sander, who was a much sought-after international.

“I think if you look at the bigger picture of our origins and the signings we’ve made I’m not sure that will be done back to the way we did from the position we were in the Premier League were. “

Chris Wilder with the League One trophy during an open top bus parade in 2017
Picture:
Chris Wilder with the League One trophy during an open top bus parade in 2017

After trying the top of the range, he is dying to go back one day.

“Whether it’s the facilities, the players, the intensity, the opinion; this is what makes the Premier League the best in the world, the most watched, the most popular and the most popular.

“Even in the second year when we got the hits – it’s brutal, there’s no breathing space – but when the door opened we stepped through and deserved our place.

“It’s a special division. Every game is an incredible event and I would love to do it again, but I have to work very hard for it.”