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Chris Wilder signs three-year contract at Sheffield United

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has signed a new three-year contract, the Premier League club have announced.

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Wilder guided the Blades back to the top flight last season following a 12-year exile after leading them to the League One title in his first season in charge.

Sheffield United chief executive Stephen Bettis told the club’s official website: ‘On behalf of the board, I’m delighted 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.

‘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 started his professional career at Bramall Lane in 1986 as a right back and spent six years at the club, including loan spells at Walsall, Charlton and Leyton Orient.

He returned to the Steel City in 1998 for a brief spell.

Wilder took charge at his boyhood club in 2016 after the exit of Nigel Adkins and engineered a return to the Championship in his first season in charge.

The 51-year-old secured automatic promotion to the Premier League this season and won the LMA Manager of the Year award.

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