Sheffield United have confirmed that manager Chris Wilder has left the club after almost five years in charge.
Wilder was appointed in May 2016 and took the Blades from League One to the Premier League during his tenure.
Sheffield United finished ninth last season – 22 points above the relegation zone – but have endured a miserable campaign this year and Wilder leaves with the club bottom of the table, with 14 points from 28 matches.
‘Being manager of Sheffield United has been a special journey and one I’ll never forget,’ Wilder said.
‘I was delighted to be given the opportunity back in 2016 and have been delighted with the success which we have achieved, including two promotions and a highest ever Premier League finish.
‘I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the club’s accomplishments along the way, including the players, staff and, in particular, the supporters.’
In a statement, Sheffield United added: ‘We are confident that all Blades fans around the world will join us in thanking Chris for his hard work, commitment and expertise in driving the club.
‘We confirm our intention to keep the core of the player group together and will continue to invest further in the academy and the first team, to place us in the best possible position for the future.’
Sheffield United, currently 12 points from safety, continue their Premier League campaign on Sunday against Leicester City.