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‘He’d be able to get a tune out of this Cardiff squad’ – Chris Wilder and the Cardiff City job



Chris Wilder’s ability to work with the existing players he has at his disposal and his lack of spending money in getting Sheffield United promoted could make him a suitable candidate for the Cardiff City job, according to Football League World journalist Marcus Ally.

The 54-year-old, despite being linked with numerous jobs in recent months, has been out of work since his exit from the Blades back in March of this year, following a reasonably successful five years at the club.

He arrived back in May 2016 to succeed recently-sacked man Nigel Adkins – and managed to guide the South Yorkshire outfit from 11th to the League One title during his first campaign at Bramall Lane – then spending two seasons in the second tier before enjoying a second promotion at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

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Many thought Wilder had hit his ceiling with the Blades after this achievement, but they had great success during their first season back in the Premier League, flirting with a place in Europe and reaching a peak position of fifth before dropping down to ninth after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic proved to be the start of the South Yorkshire side’s decline, finishing at the foot of the table last term after failing to win any of their opening 17 league games of 2020/21 and Wilder eventually left the club by mutual consent in March this year.

Our journalist Marcus Ally doesn’t believe this shouldn’t deter officials at Cardiff from making an approach for him though, after a relatively successful period overall for the 54-year-old at Bramall Lane.

Speaking about his suitability for the job on yesterday’s FLW TV debate show on who should replace former Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy, he said: “Obviously we saw a very attractive brand of football with Sheffield United, to which he didn’t actually have that much spending money in getting them promoted to the Premier League.

“So I think if Cardiff were not looking to splash out in January or in the summer, I think that would be something Wilder could work with.

“He’s more of a traditional coach, he can develop the players that are at his disposal rather than having to bring in lots of players that he’s worked with before.

“So I’d be very confident that he’d be able to get a tune out of this Cardiff squad and get them pushing in the right direction.”

Cardiff are currently sitting in 21st after their 2-0 home loss to Middlesbrough at the weekend, losing eight league games on the bounce after a reasonably bright start to the 2021/22 campaign and sit just two points off the relegation zone as things stand.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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