Respect is a requirement in every path of life, but on a professional football field, you’d expect it would be a given. Your team is locked level in the dying embers of the Carabao cup final and you pull up with an injury, holding your legs. The managers first thought is to get a player off the bench ready to come on. Clearly instructing on the sideline for a substitution, you stand on the field of play waving your arms around like a kid in a soft play area instructing to his mother that he doesn’t want to leave.
Sheffield born Chris Wilder is quickly becoming a highly reputed manager in the Championship as he propels his boyhood club into automatic promotion contention. Wilder, whom began his managerial career at Alfreton Town, is earning plaudits for his unorthodox tactical style.
After earning his trade in the Yorkshire Sunday league as manager of Bradway FC, Wilder has gained a reputation for using philosophies he learnt when he started out in management. He believes his players should be treat like normal, working-class people who are playing for passion and points, rather than their hefty wage bill. Unlike his promotion contending counter-parts; Marcello Bielsa (Leeds) and Daniel Farke (Norwich City), Wilder’s roots into management stem from the lower reaches of English football.
In a list of recent success stories Leicester City’s title winning campaign in 2015/16 season and Huddersfield’s unexpected rise to the Premier League that lead to consolidating their place in the top flight 2017/18, surely AFC Bournemouth’s rise up the football pyramid across the past decade is high on the list of remarkable, yet baffling footballing fairytales.