Manager of Sheffield United, Chris Wilder

One of the most successful men in football management over the past few years, Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United Football Club, spoke to Hal Stewart on Forces Radio BFBS about pre-season training with the Armed Forces, being woken up by a tank and gives his message to football fans the world over.

Chris Wilder was a boyhood fan of his beloved Blades, a season ticket holder on the Kop at Bramall Lane, ball boy, first team player and now manager.

While discussing tough pre-season training with the military, Chris said:

"I've got full respect for what the guys have to go through in the training that they do. Under Dave Bassett we've had two or three years doing that and I've got to say that's possibly the hardest pre-season I've ever had to endure."

He has achieved every childhood football fan's dream. This season he led Sheffield United to the top of League One with a record number of wins.

Next season the Championship beckons and after that, who knows?

This promotion is Wilder's third in as many years, having previously seen success with Oxford United and Northampton Town.

Chris is a passionate supporter of the Armed Forces and was delighted to speak to Forces Radio BFBS.

Picture: Sheffield United Football Club

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