Jamie O’Hara says he ‘would love’ Chris Wilder as Tottenham Hotspur manager, but does not believe the Sheffield United boss would leave for West Ham.
Sheffield United continue to flourish under Wilder, who picked up his boyhood club in League One four years ago, and remain on course for a European finish in their first campaign back in the top flight.
In contrast, both Tottenham and West Ham have struggled despite their early-season managerial changes, and sit 10th and 16th in the standings respectively.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility that replacements could be sought for Jose Mourinho and David Moyes, if their fortunes fail to improve before the season’s end.
And speaking to Talksport earlier on Thursday, O’Hara, the former Tottenham midfielder turned player-manager of Billericay Town, said: “Let me tell you now, if Tottenham don’t sort things out with Mourinho I would have Chris Wilder at Spurs any day of the week.
“He gets the best out of good players. Imagine if he could get the best out of world-class players, what he could do and his set up and the way they play, Sheffield United.
“Don’t underestimate what he’s actually done there at Sheffield (United), because he’s turned – I’m not disrespecting them – average players or good players into top-seven Premier League stars.
“To do that with a whole team, I would love him at Tottenham one day.”
Asked if Wilder would consider a move to West Ham, on “treble” his current wage, O’Hara replied: “No, no chance. Absolutely no chance.
“Sometimes it’s not about wages. It’s about progression and being at the right club for your career and Chris Wilder has been absolutely amazing at Sheffield United.
“Why would he leave them to go to West Ham who don’t seem to have it together?
“It’s also about your career though as a manager, because you get one job and that one job can really define you.
“If he leaves Sheffield United and goes to West Ham, where’s the progression in that?”
Wilder has also managed Alfreton Town, Halfiax Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town and won promotions with all but one of those clubs.
The 52-year-old Sheffield native came through the ranks at Bramall Lane and appeared for the Blades in the top flight himself.