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“Tarnished my view” – Simon Jordan reveals very honest opinion of Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder



Chris Wilder has come in for some criticism from Simon Jordan via Talksport, with the pundit revealing that he feels the current Middlesbrough manager has ‘disappeared up his own backside.’

The Boro boss has managed to come in to the Riverside Stadium and has turned the club around, dragging them towards the play-offs in the second half of the campaign.

Whilst they have since fallen to ninth, they are still only three points away from sixth and have a game in hand on Sheffield United who occupy that spot currently too. It means that a top six push is still on – and if Wilder could get another team promoted, it would be a superb achievement for the manager.

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He’s managed as much previously with Sheffield United, taking them from the depths of League One and all the way back into the Premier League. They eventually dropped back down to the second tier and Wilder left his post, but he is looking to emulate that feat with his new side.

Despite his achievements in the game and in the Football League so far though, it hasn’t led to him swerving all criticism and some harsh comments. That much has been made clear, with Simon Jordan on Talksport proving he isn’t that big of a fan of the current Middlesbrough boss.

That’s because he has claimed he ‘isn’t an admirer’ of Wilder and that despite once feeling that he was a good manager with a good attitude, that has since changed and his view has swayed.

Speaking about Wilder, he said: “I’m not an admirer of Chris Wilder.

“I was an admirer of his when he took them [Sheffield United] from League One into the Premier League and managed well and I loved his attitude and his disposition. But then I watched him when times got tough. I watched him when he started to read his own press, about what he had done for Sheffield United the previous year and what sort of manager he was.

“I watched him suddenly disappear up his own backside. It’s really tarnished my view of him because I thought he was something different.”

The Verdict

Chris Wilder has certainly achieved plenty in the game so far and has every right to feel that he is a good enough manager at second tier level and can get the job done.

That isn’t to say him walking into Middlesbrough and them immediately going up this year is a guarantee. In fact, what once might have looked a certainty is now not so clear. Boro are not in the top six right now and based on how other results go, might not be in there again this year.

That could mean another campaign in the division and would give Wilder a chance to sort the team out to his liking. He might not be afforded as much time as he was with the Blades though and he also might not be backed with as much money or investment as he was during the winter window.

Jordan may be right that his attitude has changed considering that he is a different person now than who he was – but it still might get them promoted.

Writer for Football League World.

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Article title: “Tarnished my view” – Simon Jordan reveals very honest opinion of Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder

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