With Burnley potentially preparing for life in the Championship next season, it looks as though they could already be preparing ahead of the summer.
They’ve just sacked manager Sean Dyche and if they want to ensure a potentially speedy return back to the top flight, then their next appointment could be someone well versed in getting a team out of the second tier.
One name that has come up is Chris Wilder – but Middlesbrough don’t want to let him leave and feel that their current manager will stay at the side if contact is made over the Burnley job, as reported by Teesside Live.
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Wilder has only this season taken over the reins at the Riverside Stadium, with Neil Warnock originally in charge at the club. Despite steering the side to midtable, the manager decided to call it a day midway through the campaign and stepped down from the role.
It led to the almost immediate appointment of Wilder as the next man in charge, with the boss having not taken a job since leaving Sheffield United. The expectation then was that he could lead the club up to the Premier League – and whilst he hasn’t achieved that feat yet, they’re currently eighth with a play-off place still on the cards.
Burnley will no doubt be well aware of what he has achieved in leading the Blades from League One to the Premier League in the past and will have seen the positive work he has done with Middlesbrough too, so could certainly be considering an approach for him.
However, Teesside Live states that there has been no official move about taking the boss yet and that Boro themselves feel as though he will stay with them over a move away regardless.
If that is the case, then it should allow Wilder and Middlesbrough to focus on next season and either another promotion push – or a potential season in the Premier League.
Chris Wilder would no doubt be a fantastic appointment for Burnley if they could land him, especially if they do end up in the Championship.
They won’t want to hang around in the second tier – there is always the chance that once you drop back into the Championship, it can take a while to get back out and the Clarets won’t want to become one of those sides.
With someone like Wilder at the helm, that seems less like a possibility. He’s dragged Sheffield United from not only the Championship to the Premier League but from League One all the way to the top flight at that. He’s even shown excellent progress with Boro so far as well.
He would certainly have the knowledge and knowhow to lead a team out of the division – but it looks as though Burnley might have to look elsewhere now for a suitable replacement to lead them either in the Premier League or second tier next season.