Don’t come here with you objective opinionsHe did leave a decent squad behind, as evidenced by the league position we’re in - obviously the work Carrick and his staff have done has been instrumental but let’s not pretend the squad wasn’t underperforming when he arrived.
Managers leave squads in lowly positions only for the next bloke to pick them up and improve them. Warnock improved Woodgate’s situation, Karanka improved on Mowbray, etc.
He has an impressive track record. One sacking in 20-odd years is impressive.
He should’ve dealt with the Burnley speculation better. Everyone accepts that. I think he was or is annoyed he didn’t get all the players he wanted in the two windows, but also think he knew the set-up when he took the job so doesn’t have much scope for complaint on that front. I also sympathise with him for losing Tav a day or two before the first game of the season.
Wilder added Steffen, Smith, Giles, Lenihan, McGree, Forss to a pretty decent core of players.
He left under a cloud, obviously. We were struggling. We had lost our shape and stopped defending properly. It happens to teams. But we had an excellent few months under Wilder and an excellent cup run. Let’s not pretend those things didn’t happen.
You have to subjective and call wilder a cbomb pr1ck or whatever else people have been mustering up