Always a long shot
Wilder is one of the best managers in the Championship, and it was always going to be hard for Sunderland to tempt him to move to the Stadium of Light this summer.
After all, leaving a club who narrowly missed out on a place in the Championship playoffs for a team in League One is not exactly career-enhancing, is it?
The Black Cats should not be too disheartened if Wilder remains at United. There is still enough time for the former Premier League club to make a sensible managerial appointment and make good signings in the summer transfer window.