Forget Guardiola, is Sheffield United's Wilder 'manager of the century'?

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Norwich City at Bramall Lane on September 16, 2017 in Sheffield,...

Southend boss Phil Brown names Sheffield United's Chris Wilder as 'manager of the century'.

Billy Sharp (L) of Sheffield United celebrates with team mate Samir Carruthers after scoring the first goal during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Stoke City at...Billy Sharp (L) of Sheffield United celebrates with teammate Samir Carruthers after scoring.

After 13 matches Sheffield United are being kept out of the Championship automatic promotion places by Cardiff City on goal difference alone.

Their latest result, a 2-1 home victory against Reading, was their ninth league win already this season as they continue to impress back in second tier after five years in League One.

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Norwich City at Bramall Lane on September 16, 2017 in Sheffield,...Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United, looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match against Norwich City.

Manager Chris Wilder is understandably receiving plenty of plaudits and fellow boss Phil Brown, who is in charge of Southend United, has made a bold claim about the 50-year-old.

"Chris Wilder has got to be manager of the century," Brown said on Channel 5's Championship programme. "He has been promoted with two or three clubs and is now at his hometown club and is doing a fabulous job."

Wilder has certainly impressed in the dugout at various clubs over the past few years, taking Oxford United out of non-league via the playoffs in 2010.

Southend United manager Phil Brown gives instructions during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on September 16, 2017 in Southend,...Southend United manager Phil Brown gives instructions during the Sky Bet League One match against Northampton Town.

The Yorkshireman then moved onto Northampton Town in 2014 and after steering them clear of the relegation zone in his first season then earned promotion as League Two champions the following campaign.

In 2016 Wilder was given the job by the Blades at his boyhood club and took them out of the third tier after a long wait, also winning the title with a 100-point haul.

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