Former Gers duo impacted, £20m bluenose left gutted by high-profile managerial departure
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Former Rangers duo and well-known bluenose impacted by high-profile manager exit

Former Rangers players Wes Foderingham and John Fleck and well-known bluenose, Oli McBurnie, have been impacted after Chris Wilder’s time as Sheffield United manager came to an end.

After days of rumours, the Premier League outfit finally announced Wilder’s departure by mutual consent on Saturday night.

The former Blades player was appointed in 2016 and took the club from League One to the top flight, guiding them to a remarkable ninth-place finish last season.

The current campaign has been disastrous, though. They have been rooted to the bottom of the table for months, and are currently fourteen points from safety.

Former Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom, who had been working as U23s manager, has taken charge of the first team until the end of the season.

The move has impacted a number of players with links to Rangers.

Former Rangers players Fleck and Foderingham and well-known bluenose McBurnie have been impacted by Wilder’s departure. (Photo by Tim Keeton – Pool/Getty Images)

Former Ibrox midfielder John Fleck came up through the divisions with the Blades and until a 5-0 defeat to Leicester on Sunday in Heckingbottom’s first game in charge, had only played under Wilder in his five years at the club.

Wilder also brought goalkeeper Wes Foderingham to Sheffield United in the summer following his release by Rangers.

Well-known bluenose, Oli McBurnie, who joined the Blades for £20m from Swansea in August 2019 [BBC] has been left gutted by Wilder’s exit.

The Scotland striker only has one goal and one assist from 21 Premier League appearances this season.

 

Although the departure of the manager who signed them could have an impact on the futures of all three players, they all have relative security given that they are under contract until 2023.

In May 2020, one of the trio expressed interest in a future move to Ibrox.

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