Due to his connections to strong Sheffield United, a rival team in the Steel City, Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder claims he will never manage Sheffield Wednesday.
As a player, Wilder spent a number of seasons with the Blades, and during his five years as manager at Bramall Lane, he guided the team from League One to the Premier League.
Midway through the 2020–21 season, he departed United and is now in charge of Middlesbrough, a Championship opponent.
Sunderland will play host to Teesside this evening at the Riverside, reigniting the argument over whether the match counts as a local derby as Newcastle United are the Black Cats’ primary rivals in the area.
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When asked if he could see himself taking over at Wednesday in the future, Wilder gave a solid no because former Boro manager Tony Mowbray is currently in charge at the Stadium of Light.
“Manage Sheffield Wednesday?” he enquired to Gazette Live. Are you serious? It’s probably safe to assume that I wouldn’t enjoy going for a short walk around Hillsborough. All I’m doing is driving through there to get to the freeway.
With a victory over Sunderland tonight, Middlesbrough can climb out of the bottom three, while the visitors could go up as high as fourth with three points.
Given his close ties to the Blades, Wilder’s assertive claim should not come as a surprise.
While there may be some disagreement over whether Middlesbrough vs. Sunderland is a derby, there is no denying the positive feelings between Sheffield’s two EFL teams.
Despite not having a match since 2019, there is still animosity between the Steel City foes. What other news can you find out about the Souther League.
While Wednesday supporters could argue that they wouldn’t want Wilder in charge anyhow, United supporters are likely to relish seeing him restate his position on the Owls.