Chris Wilder signs new three-year Sheffield United deal

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United celebrates their promotion after the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield United at Bet365 Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.
Image: Sheffield United are back in the Premier League next season after a 12-year absence

Chris Wilder has signed a new three-year contract with Sheffield United after guiding them back to the Premier League.

Wilder led the team to the top division after a 12-year exile and was named LMA Manager of the Year after they held off the challenge of Yorkshire rivals Leeds to secure runners-up spot behind Norwich.

United had previously won the Sky Bet League One title with a 100-point tally in Wilder's first season in charge.

Chief executive officer, Stephen Bettis said: "On behalf of the board, I'm delighted that the formalities have been concluded and Chris has been rewarded.

"Chris signing a new contract underpins everything we are attempting to do at Bramall Lane.

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"He's been the catalyst for our success over the past few years, he is a driven individual and his focus since promotion was secured has been preparing the club for the Premier League."

Wilder began his career with the Blades and spent six years there as a player before taking charge at his boyhood club in 2016 after the exit of Nigel Adkins.

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The 51-year-old had previously helped Oxford win promotion from the National League and guided Northampton to the Sky Bet League Two title in 2015/16.

Members of Wilder's backroom staff are also expected to sign new contracts in the near future.

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