Former Middlesbrough and Watford boss Chris Wilder is open to taking over at Sheffield United should the Blades part ways with Paul Heckingbottom.
Sheffield United are at the foot of the Premier League table as things stand, having taken just one point from their opening nine games of the season.
And talkSPORT are reporting that Heckingbottom is on the brink of being sacked, and that former manager Wilder would be open to taking charge, having ‘patched up his differences with Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah’.
Wilder left the Blades in March 2021 and later that year took charge of Middlesbrough where he’d remain for 11 months, winning 18 of his 45 games at the helm.
The 56-year-old then had a brief spell with Watford at the end of last season, overseeing 11 games and winning three, before leaving at the end of his short-term contract.
Wilder was then poised to take charge of Reading in the summer, though that move eventually fell through.
Wilder to return to the game?
Wilder remains a manager with great experience and a proven track record, with two promotions to his name with the Blades.
And he did a decent job at Middlesbrough in the early parts of his tenure. Though it quickly fell apart for him and his following spell at Watford did his reputation no favours either.
So Wilder returning to football with a Premier League job seems far-fetched. Even though it’s Sheffield United and a club he knows very well, it still seems unrealistic that the Blades would re-hire him.
A Championship return looks more likely, or even a top-end League One job, with plenty of jobs opening up around this time of year.