Video: McCabe says Wilder was the 'obvious' choice for Sheffield United

Kevin McCabe last night revealed Sheffield United rejected overtures from potential candidates 'at home and abroad' in order to appoint Chris Wilder as their new manager.

Saturday, 14th May 2016, 05:59 am
Updated Saturday, 14th May 2016, 12:10 pm
Kevin McCabe with Chris Wilder and Alan Knill ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

McCabe, speaking after the 48-year-old was presented to the media yesterday, also shed further light on the reasons behind Nigel Adkins’ departure last week.

Insisting that Wilder’s achievements in the technical area, not the fact he is a supporter and former United player, had seen him emerge as the “unanimous choice” to take charge, McCabe said: “The way football works, myself and my colleagues had approaches from people both in this country and abroad.

Kevin McCabe with Chris Wilder and Alan Knill ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

“But our mind was always, if we could get Chris, then it would be him. There was no emotion or sentiment.

“But rather what he has done coming up the ladder. What he did at Northampton, when lots of people really started to take notice, was remarkable.”

Wilder, who won the League Two title at Sixfields last term, has also enjoyed successful spells with Oxford United, Alfreton and Halifax Town.

McCabe continued: Chris has been on our list for a very long time, you always track managers.

Kevin McCabe presents Wilder and Alan Knill to the media at Bramall Lane ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

“It was this time around when everything came together. He proved it to himself and also ourselves.

“He’s not been sticking his hand up making discreet or indiscreet calls about coming here. He’s been sensible enough to think, if I do well, they might want me. And that’s impressive.”

Adkins was sacked after leading United to their lowest league finish since the Eighties.

“Nigel is a very nice guy but we were getting ever frustrated because there was no sign of the team truly being turned around,” McCabe said.

Kevin McCabe also revealed why Nigel Adkins was relieved of his duties ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

“There was no desire to change managers but we reflected, towards the end of last season and from the last game, whether if we didn’t would we be risking an opportunity next season.

“Then it was a case of, weighing-up if we were going to change, who was the right person to take over?

“It was a decision taken very close to the final game of the season, when we had to move quickly. The season had only just ended when the final decision was made, If we decided, regrettably, that Nigel must go then I have to bring my colleagues together, because it is a co-ownership, and then see what we can do. We had some very tasty names but one was obvious to me.”

Kevin McCabe with Chris Wilder and Alan Knill ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved
Kevin McCabe presents Wilder and Alan Knill to the media at Bramall Lane ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved
Kevin McCabe also revealed why Nigel Adkins was relieved of his duties ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved