Chris Wilder cannot wait for the new Premier League season to begin ahead of promoted Sheffield United’s trip to Bournemouth on Saturday (Bournemouth 21/20, draw 13/5, Sheffield United 14/5 – Match Betting).
When Wilder was named as boss at Bramall Lane, the Blades were in League One but he guided them to promotion with a title-winning campaign in his first season in charge.
Sheffield United then finished second in the Championship last season to secure a return to the top flight for the first time since the 2006/07 season.
Wilder’s side are Evens to stay up and the manager is relishing the prospect of coming up against elite opposition.
“I’ve always said I’m proud whenever I lead Sheffield United out,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star. “I’m focused on the game, I’m excited and of course I’m proud to represent and lead the club back out in the Premier League.”
Wilder expects a stern test at Bournemouth although he is confident his side can get a result, while paying tribute to Cherries counterpart Eddie Howe.
He added: “It’s been a long way back [to the Premier League] and obviously there’s going to be a lot of emotion around the fixture, but we’re professionals and we have to concentrate on trying to get a result at a very difficult place against a team and manager I have a lot of admiration for.”