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Where Are They Now: Chris Wilder

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Tue 28 May 2019
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Former Halifax Town player and manager Chris Wilder has achieved great success in his managerial career. Let’s look at his journey since leaving The Shaymen in 2008.

After making over 50 appearances for Halifax Town, Wilder decided to call it a day on his playing career in 2001. The Yorkshireman didn’t have too long of a break from the game however as he returned to the sport in late 2001 to manage Alfreton Town.

During his 27 weeks in charge of Alfreton, Chris Wilder won four trophies and that success saw him return to The Shaymen in 2002 as manager of the club. Having replaced caretaker manager Neil Redfearn, Wilder oversaw Town for over 300 games in his six-year spell until the club went into liquidation and reformed in 2008 as FC Halifax Town.

After leaving The Shaymen, Wilder joined former Town defender Alan Knill as his assistant manager at Bury but he was quickly appointed as the manager of Oxford United who were in the Conference National at the time.

Wilder led the U’s back to the Football League after beating York City in the Conference National Playoff Final and he then guided them to safety in their first season back in the Football League.

After six seasons with Oxford United, Wilder resigned from his position at the club and joined League Two rivals Northampton Town on a three-and-a-half-year deal. In the 2015/16 season, his final year with Northampton, Wilder guided them to the League Two title amassing an impressive 99 points that campaign.

In May 2016, the Sheffield born Wilder got his dream job of managing his boyhood club Sheffield United. Having made over 100 appearances for The Blades in his playing days, Wilder’s return to Bramall Lane has been an extremely successful one. Two promotions in three seasons means that they will now play in the Premier League next season.

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