‘Agents have expectations… sometimes they are realistic and sometimes they are not’: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits he is ‘surprised’ his stars have not penned new deals at Bramall Lane
- Chris Wilder is surprised several Sheffield United stars haven’t penned new deals
- The Blades boss believes that players should take ownership of their careers
- Wilder hinted that it would be in the interest of both parties to wrap up terms
- Sportsmail believes John Fleck, John Lundstram and Enda Stevens are yet to sign
Chris Wilder admitted his surprise that several Sheffield United stars are yet to sign a new contract at Bramall Lane.
The Blades boss believes that players should seize control of their own careers, but conceded that agents are a prominent part of modern football.
And after being questioned on the uncertain future of several players, Wilder hinted that it would be in the best interest of all parties for negotiations to be wrapped up soon.
Chris Wilder admitted his surprise that several Sheffield United stars are yet to pen new deals
Sportsmail understands John Fleck, John Lundstram and Enda Stevens are among that group
Sportsmail understands that John Fleck, John Lundstram and Enda Stevens are among those yet to pen new deals.
Wilder said: ‘I understand the modern world of football agents, and their relationship with players. I’ve said it for long enough – I always believe that players should take ownership of their own careers.
‘But they pay agents to guide them, sometimes realistic, sometimes unrealistic. I’m a little bit surprised.’
But the 52-year-old expects that players currently locked in talks will also want a swift agreement on terms.
But Wilder believes that players locked in talks with also want to reach an agreement soon
‘I know there’s going to be a bit of negotiation involved,’ Wilder added. ‘You’d just like to get it all wrapped up, I think the players want to get it wrapped up as well.
‘And it will come to a point, of course. That point isn’t here now, but I’ve got to be certain in who wants to be part of what we’re trying to achieve.’
The club have been the surprise top flight package this season after easing into life after promotion, and a host of stars are hoping to secure themselves new deals – with Wilder himself hoping for breakthroughs in the near future.
The Blades boss pledged his long-term future at Bramall Lane after penning a four-year deal
He said: ‘I’m still comfortable that the majority of them have still got quite a lot left on their contracts, in terms of length. But when it does run down or it does get close, I think you’ve got to make a decision, from a financial point of view and from the football club’s point of view.
‘But we’re nowhere near that at the moment, but as I said from my point of view and the players’ point of view, they’ll want to get that done as soon as possible.’
The former Oxford and Northampton Town coach pledged his long-term future to his boyhood club with his new contract, which was announced earlier this month, running until 2024.
The club return to action against Manchester City at Bramall Lane on Tuesday.