Chris Wilder admits he doesn’t know if he’ll be Sheffield United’s manager next season, despite having confirmed he wants to remain in charge at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United is bottom of the Premier League table, 15 points behind 17th with 12 games remaining of the season.

Wilder, who led the blades to ninth place last season, thinks it is difficult to plan the 2021/22 campaign as the necessary talks about the future “are not taking place”.

When asked if he will be at the club next season, Wilder replied: “I don’t know. We always plan for the short, medium and long term, but that plan is set by others than me.

“I did not have these conversations. I think they should take place, but they are not taking place.”


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Wilder received a public vote of confidence in December from owner Prince Abdullah, who at the time insisted that the former Sheffield United defender would stay in command even if he could not prevent relegation to the championship.

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Since taking over the management of his youth club in May 2016, Wilder has led the club to two promotions within three years. This season, however, his team failed to repeat the impressive results of their first season in the Premier League.

When asked if he wanted to stay as a manager, the 53-year-old said: “Yes, definitely. If we stick to the plan.

“As always, the plan was to leave a legacy, to change things off the field that need to be changed and to stick with the players we invested in, add a couple and try to get back on their feet – as simple as that.”