Outgoing Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has suggested that Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder should be named as his successor.

The former England boss resigned last Tuesday, but before he had left the Club he made sure to pass on his recommendation for his replacement.

In Matt Hughes’ column in The Times the Journalist states that Allardyce is “keen to promote British managers” and he is therefore believed to have recommended a “Chris Wilder, who has an outstanding track record in the lower divisions”

Wilder, a fomer Sheffield United and Rotherham United defender, has managed six clubs in his career – varying from Alfreton Town between 2001 to 2002; to a six-year spell with Halifax Town.

But the 49-year-old has proved that he can succeed having won League titles with almost every club he has managed. At Alfreton, Wilder won the Northern Counties treble (winning the East Football League Premier Division title, League Cup and Presidents Cup) and the Derbyshire Senior Cup; at Oxford he won the Conference Premier play-offs.

In 2015-16 Wilder won the League Two title with Northampton, before winning the League One title with Sheffield United this season.

The Barclays Premier League side are unlikely to rush their next appointment and are currently drawing up a shortlist – with which Roy Hodgson, Slavisa Jokanovic, Roberto Mancini and Chris Colemen are all expected to be on.

Wilder’s name may be a wild shot for the Premier League job, but it could be a good choice for Eagles Owner and Chairman Steve Parish to select.


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