Despite defeat on Saturday ending any hope of Sheffield United gaining promotion to the top flight, manager Chris Wilder has said he would like to be at the club next season.
The Blades 1-0 loss at home to Preston North End left them six points below the playoffs, with only one game left to play.
A boardroom dispute between Wilder and the clubs owners HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Kevin McCabe has led to speculation that the 50 year old may walk from the club.
Outside Bramall Lane, fans were overwhelmingly in support of Wilder, as he pushed the club to the brink of glory despite many feeling the current squad would be lucky to avoid relegation.
One fan stated: “The general feeling is that Wilder is saying what many of us are thinking. The board needs to invest to improve performance on the pitch certainly.”
Another more dejected fan said: “I don’t blame the gentleman for leaving, if he gets a better offer. Football is come and go, and at the end of the day the only people left aren’t the players or the manager, but the fans”.
Other fans have made their opinions known via Twitter.
If Chris Wilder leaves or we don’t back him substantially we will get relegated.
Also this utter tripe about ‘we’d have taken mid table at the start’ needs to stop. We have thrown away a play off place by not giving our best manager since Warnock the money to compete.
— Alex Willis (@AlexWillis1889) 22 April 2018
Meanwhile, some pundits and journalists have argued that Wilder is making a power play by stating his intent to leave the club.
“I walked in through the front door & I’ll walk out through the front door,” Chris Wilder tells me. Clear & unmistakable warning to the warring factions in the boardroom that he won’t tolerate the threatened stagnation at #sufc this summer.
— Alan Biggs (@AlanBiggs1) 28 April 2018