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KELVIN THOMAS handed Chris Wilder his big break giving him the manager's job at National League Oxford United in 2008 - and isn't surprised at the success the Blades boss has enjoyed. Wilder had honed his trade at Alfreton and then Halifax and it didn't take long for Thomas to realise the former full-back was destined for a higher stage. Thomas (above) said: "His man-management is exceptional. What he gets out of his players is second to none. All of his promotions, barring maybe coming out of League One with Sheffield would have been done without having the league's biggest budget.

"Chris has always been very driven, very competitive, even in fivea-sides. He has the stubborn streak that makes people successful. "When I did the interview at Oxford with the late Jim Smith we selected him was because he had had success and was just 41. "His success came with Halifax in a difficult situation financially. We weren't overly secure financially so that was an advantage.

"Chris was very detailed, very forward thinking."

" Wilder took Oxford back into the Football League, then saved Northampton from relegation before taking them up from League Two in 2016.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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