Last night, our Lord Chris Wilder put pen to paper on a new 3 year deal, committing his future to the Blades.
This marks quite possibly, the most important signing in our recent history. The murmurings in the past few weeks of Maupay, Henderson, McBurnie and a whole host of other names has almost taken the spotlight away from the fact our boss was yet to sign himself.
Wilder's style of football over the last 3 seasons has been a desperately needed refreshing change to the seasons that came before. Attacking, free-flowing, gritty and a sheer desire to win and play for our great football club. Not only that, his alternative 5-3-2 formation has quite possibly revolutionized the traditional centre half position. This has seen the likes of Jack O'Connell and Chris Basham marauding forward at the drop of a hat, overlapping our already attack minded wing backs.
Although Wilder will take the plaudits, a lot of credit must also go to his team and one man inparticular, Alan Knill. Knilly is the man on the training ground day in day out, running the drills and putting the lads through their paces. He is also the man who has made Sheffield United who for years have been frankly quite inept when it comes to set-pieces - an unpredictable and creative threat.
The development and growth both on and off the field in 3 seasons is more than we had in the previous 7 or 8 as we languished in League One and the lower ends of the Championship prior to that. Yes, we have to invest in our playing squad for the forthcoming season in the Premier League but the investment in our management team is pivotal and something I'm sure all Blades will commend the club on sorting out well before the start of the season.
The signing of this contract is obviously incredibly positive, but if the ongoing court case between the Prince and McCabe is not resolved in the manner that the majority of Blades want and expect (a McCabe win) then the outlook could look entirely different for both Sheffield United and Wilder.
If this is all resolved swiftly and with the right outcome, I firmly believe Chris could not only cement our place in the Premier League but go onto to see out this 3 years contract and possibly extend his stay beyond that with his beloved Blades.