DANNY MILLS has shot down suggestions Chris Wilder could manage Manchester City – by pointing towards David Moyes’ Manchester United struggles.
Wilder, 53, earned plenty of plaudits for bringing Sheffield United out of League One and the Championship to get his boyhood club back into the Premier League.
Danny Mills emphatically disagreed with suggestions Chris Wilder could manage Manchester City to the Premier League titleCredit: Reuters
The Blades face a monumental task to avoid relegation this season as they sit bottom of the table, 12 points from safety.
But such is the quality of the runaway leaders City, some reckon struggling Wilder could replicate the job Pep Guardiola is doing at the Etihad.
Mills is not having it, though, insisting man management of massive egos plays a large part in success at the top clubs – and that is where Moyes went wrong at Old Trafford.
Speaking to Dream Team Coach TV, ex-Citizens right-back Mills said: “Just throwing the best players together doesn’t make you the best team. Just spending money doesn’t work.
“You’ve got to manage the squad. You’ve got to manage egos, which is a huge part of it. You’ve got to have the respect of the dressing room and you do that by being previously successful.
“When David Moyes stepped into Manchester United and tried to do things differently and the players were going ‘well that’s not what we’ve done before’.
“Somebody said the other day that Chris Wilder could come in and manage this City team. No he couldn’t.”
City sit 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League and are on course to secure a third title in four seasons under Guardiola.
They are the division’s top scorers with 56 goals – despite being without Sergio Aguero for most of the campaign – and have the steeliest defence, shipping just 17 goals.
Mills added: “What I’ve been most impressed with is how this City side have evolved over time with no Sergio Aguero.
“Everyone talked about what a bad start they had to the season but they’ve still only lost two games.
“They’ve conceded 17 goals. If you think that Mourinho side [Chelsea 2004/05] that let in just 15 goals across the whole season is hailed as the greatest defensive team of all time, City aren’t a million miles away.”
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Mills insists it takes a special kind of manager to deal with all the egos in a top-level squadCredit: Reuters
The former England right-back made 54 appearances for Manchester CityCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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