Sheffield United news: Chris Wilder signs new contract extension at Bramall Lane

Chris Wilder celebrates Sheffield United's victory at Norwich
Chris Wilder celebrates Sheffield United's victory at Norwich

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been rewarded for the Blades' amazing Premier League form with a contract extension until 2024.

The Blades have been the surprise package of the Premier League this season when more than holding their own in their first year since promotion, and Wilder's work has resulted in him being handed a new four-and-a-half-year deal.

Wilder has mixed innovative tactics with instilling a tremendous work ethic and an eye for detail in Sheffield United's play that many more established Premier League teams have failed to match.

That's the reason why United are in eighth place in the Premier League table with 29 points and closer to the Champions League places than they are to the relegation zone.

And the work Wilder has done with his hometown club has not gone unnoticed by team officials, who have now extended their manager's contract until the summer of 2024.

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"Naturally, I'm delighted to sign a new deal until 2024 and commit to the club that is close to my heart," Wilder told United's website.

"I am grateful to (club owner) Prince Abdullah for taking the initiative and offering this contract. We've had a great few years and hopefully we can continue the upward curve - let's see how far we can go on this journey."

United hold an option to extend the deal by a further year, while assistant manager Alan Knill has also agreed a new contract.

Wilder and Knill led the South Yorkshire side to the League One title in their first season at Bramall Lane before finishing second in the Championship last season to end the club's 12-year exile from the top flight.

Blades owner Prince Abdullah said: "Chris has played an integral role in our recent and current success and we want him at the helm in the future, driving us forward, hence the new long-term contract.

"He is a dynamic leader, with whom the supporters connect and it is important that we have someone of his stature leading this club on the field.

"Securing the signature of Chris was paramount and underpins all the plans we have for the club over the next few years."

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