Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder wouldn’t be drawn on who was the biggest club in Sheffield after Tony Pulis claimed it was Wednesday.
The experienced former Stoke City chief has succeeded Garry Monk at Hillsborough, and in his unveiling he spoke about the size of the Owls as part of the attraction to him. As well as that, he claimed they would be the ‘biggest club in Sheffield’ if they won promotion.
Perhaps understandably, that annoyed the red-and-white half of the city, who are currently playing in the top-flight but Wilder issued a professional response to Yorkshire Live when he was quizzed about it today.
“It’s great to have Tony back in football, he’s a proper football man. All I am bothered about is Sheffield United, as you can imagine and trying to get a result in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for Tony and what he’s done, the career he’s had. He’s a good man.”
Both clubs have endured tough starts to the current campaign, with the Blades bottom of the Premier League and the Owls 23rd in the Championship.
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This is a fair response from Wilder, and it’s right that his only focus is on his team, as they are struggling right now.
As for Pulis, it was a cheeky comment from him, designed to please his new fans and the fact he will have wound up a few Blades is a good way to start his job as Wednesday manager.
Both fans will argue that their club is the biggest in the city, and hopefully the next Steel City derby will be in the top-flight because that’s the level both should be playing at.
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