Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has revealed that he would love to see Chris Wilder being given the chance to manage Spurs one day on the back of the job he has done at Bramall Lane.
Few people gave Sheffield United a chance of staying up when they won promotion to the Premier League last season.
However, the Blades have exceeded expectations right from the start of the campaign and find themselves challenging for a place in Europe following an impressive 3-0 win against Chelsea.
Just when it seemed like their wheels had come off after the restart, they have now managed to pick up their form once again to put themselves in the driving seat for Europa League qualification.
O’Hara was full of praise of Wilder’s work and questioned what he could achieve with world-class players if he was able to get Sheffield United’s squad over performing to such a degree.
Speaking to talkSPORT Breakfast, he said: “Let me tell you now, if Tottenham don’t sort things out with Mourinho, I would have Chris Wilder at Spurs any day of the week.
“He gets the best out of good players. Imagine if he could get the best out of world-class players, what he could do and his set up and the way they play, Sheffield United.
“Don’t underestimate what he’s actually done there at Sheffield (United), because he’s turned – I’m not disrespecting them – average players or good players into top-seven Premier League stars.
“To do that with a whole team, I would love him at Tottenham one day.”
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What has been particularly impressive about the job Wilder has done at Sheffield United is that he has done it his own way. He has not stuck to the conventional wisdom that newly promoted teams should first prioritise defensive solidity over scoring goals. He has reinvented tactical systems while also going toe to toe with sides who have invested considerably more into their squads.
I am interested to see how Wilder does next year, with teams potentially having sussed out how Sheffield United play. If he shows the foresight and the ability to reinvent their system and keep the Blades competitive, then I suspect several clubs including Spurs would be looking at him as a possible option.
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