The bottom Premier League club, Sheffield United on Saturday confirmed that its board and manager Chris Wilder, who has managed the Blades to more than 100 wins in his almost five years at Bramall Lane, have agreed to part ways following discussions.
The 53-year-old and the board were engaged in heated exchanges earlier this year.
Key to the disagreements has been the club’s recruitment policies, with the board wanting Wilder to concentrate on managing the team and less on signing players.
Wilder pushed hard for the signings of Aaron Ramsdale (£18m) and Rhian Brewster (£23m) – and would not consider other options – but the board believes they were not what was needed this season to help them stay in the Premier League.
The Blades have spent almost the entirety of this season bottom of the table and are currently 12 points off safety with 10 games remaining.
The Blades have lost 22 of their 28 Premier League matches but have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they travel to Chelsea next weekend.
Chris Wilder commented: “Being manager of Sheffield United has been a special journey and one I’ll never forget. I was delighted to be given the opportunity back in 2016 and have been delighted with the success which we have achieved, including two promotions and a highest ever Premier League finish. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Club’s accomplishments along the way, including the players, staff and, in particular, the supporters.”
Earlier this season, Chris Wilder surpassed 200 league games in charge of the Blades, becoming the sixth United manager to reach this milestone.
The club commented: “We are confident that all Blades fans around the world will join us in thanking Chris for his hard work, commitment and expertise in driving the Club. Now the Club will turn its attention to completing the season as strongly as possible and if we are relegated, to preparing for the Championship. We confirm our intention to keep the core of the player group together and will continue to invest further in the Academy and the First Team, to place us in the best possible position for the future.”