Chris Wilder has explained how grateful he is to Southampton for shaping the early part of his career, recalling the time he joined the club as an apprentice at the tender age of 16.
It’s 33 years since the now-Sheffield United boss left Saints, but his fond memories have stuck, as he was asked to describe his time on the south coast ahead of this weekend’s Premier League meeting between the two clubs.
Wilder also spoke on summer signing Chè Adams, whom he faced twice in Championship encounters last season, and who began his early career as a Blade.
“Fantastic education, working with good people [at Southampton],” Wilder said. “Formative years that shaped me as a footballer and a person.
chris wilderi'm forever grateful for being an apprentice at a top football club.
on his time at southampton as a youth player
“If you look back at the amount of players that Southampton have produced, at all levels, they’ve produced some really good footballers.
“I’m forever grateful for being an apprentice at that football club.
“Chè [Adams] was young when he was here. He has gone on and done very well at Birmingham, particularly last season. He’ll be looking to establish himself in the Premier League, the same as what we are as a club.”