Sheffield United are closing the season of their return to the Championship this Sunday away at Bristol.
With nothing left to battle for, the Blades will be playing for honour against rivals Bristol City, who are now only one point ahead in the 10th position of the table.
It has been a season full of ups and downs at Bramall Lane: a bright start took the Blades to the top of the table, where they remained up until the fourteenth fixture.
David Brooks has risen through the ranks to become one of the sensations for the Blades. The 20-year old’s man of the match performances has helped him gain his first call-up with the Welsh International team and sign an extension contract with Sheffield United.
Second half of the season saw the Blades lower their performance level and so did their results.
During the end of the season, United dropped from playoff positions to lose their chances of promotion last weekend at Bramall Lane when Preston North End earned the three points with a 1-0 win.
Boss Chris Wilder commented on the season in an interview for the club’s website: “We are down and disappointed, we believed earlier this season we could achieve something and make a real mark, but we’ve fallen just short.”
Wilder highlighted the good moments of a season from which not a lot could be expected after having gained promotion from League One just a year ago now.
Coming to the end of the season, rumours are starting to run around and the main doubt is whether the 50-year-old manager will stay in his position over the summer.
Wilder expressed in many occasions his wish to stay and improve the team, but the unclear path the club’s board seems to be taking could induce him into making an unwanted decision.