Chris Wilder relishes on the rejuvenation of Sheffield United
Chris Wilder relishes on the rejuvenation of Sheffield United
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Chris Wilder relishes on the rejuvenation of Sheffield United

Chris Wilder has opened up about the rejuvenation that Sheffield United has experienced in their quest to Premier League football for the first time in 12 years - as reported by Sky Sports.

Wilder who was also a player of the Blades took over the reins of the latter in 2006 and has experienced extensive growth with the side. 

Sheffield managed to pick a point in their fixture against Bournemouth which was quite a feat in their opening top-flight game and now Wilder hopes that his squad will be able to keep up in their new home of football and rightfully challenge for honours. 

"I don't really want to keep looking back and going on but we were six years outside the Championship. Then all of a sudden in the space of two years we are in the Premier League," Wilder said.

"We are not a team that has been knocking on the door of the Premier League for four, five and six years.

"We haven't been a Wolves that set themselves up to be a mid-table Premier League team because that is basically what they did and then added off the back of that."

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However, there is always a downer and Sheffield have been tipped to be the first team to be relegated back to the Championship but Wilder remains adamant that his side fought to be here and that they will remain in topflight.

"The pace of the journey is incredible. Six years in League One to then all of a sudden being in the Premier League," the 51-year-old said

"When I came back to the club the connection between the supporters and the players was at an all-time low. There wasn't a connection," the Blades boss added.

"That was the biggest thing I had to do and try to reconnect every part of the football club. The biggest one was the one with the supporters and the players.

"It's a powerful club when it is together and we have certainly brought that back."

"We have to make Bramall Lane one of the most difficult places for nay team to come and get a result," he said.

"But the good thing is [the fans] are realistic. They totally understand the journey we have been on.

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