During his career, Wilder played for 11 clubs, including a long spell at Rotherham United before joining Halifax Town in 1999.
Wilder returned to Halifax Town as manager on 2 July 2002. He replaced caretaker manager Neil Redfearn. Halifax had been relegated to the Conference at the end of the season. Wilder was in charge at Halifax for more than 300 games until the club went into liquidation on 30 June 2008, and he decided to join former Halifax defender Alan Knill, as the assistant manager of Bury.
Wilder was appointed as the manager of Conference National club Oxford United on 21 December 2008. Wilder’s first full season in charge of Oxford began successfully and by mid-season, they were top of the Conference table by five points with a game in hand. However, Oxford was overtaken by Stevenage, who would go on to win the title and take the automatic promotion place.
Consigning the Us to the playoffs, they defeated Rushden & Diamonds to reach the play-off final and gained promotion to the Football League by beating York City 3–1.
In their first season back in the Football League in four years, Wilder guided Oxford to mid-table safety. The team finished 12th, in the top half of the table, their highest finish in seven years. The next season Oxford finished ninth, after poor form late in the season led to the team dropping out of the play-off position they had occupied for most of the year. On 26 January 2014, he resigned as Oxford manager with the intention of joining League Two rivals Northampton Town as their manager.
On 12 May 2016, Wilder joined Sheffield United as their new manager on a three-year contract.
In the pre-season, despite little financial backing, he was able to bring some new players in, many of which were free transfers. He then made Sheffield-born Billy Sharp club captain. However, Wilder’s League One managerial debut got off to a poor start, only gaining a single point from the first four games but, despite this, the club pushed on and went on to become League One Champions, securing 100 points in the process, a club record.
By the end of October on his second season at Shelfield United, after beating local rivals Leeds United 2–1, Sheffield United was top of the Championship.
On 28 April 2019, it was confirmed that Wilder had led the Blades to the Premier League, which in turn, ensured his second promotion in just three years at the club. This achievement earned him the LMA Manager of the Year award.
On 10 January 2020, Wilder signed a four-year contract extension with the club. Sheffield United went on to finish ninth in their first season back in the top flight, their best since 1991–92.
On 12 March 2021, Wilder left his role at Sheffield United, leaving the club bottom and 12 points off safety.
Wilder’s Managerial and player record by record has had a 43.7% win.
FAMILY LIFE: WIFE, CHILDREN
Wilder married his beautiful wife, Francesca Wilder, on 31 January 2017.
They both have two amazing kids, Evie Wilder and Martha Wilder.
LIFESTYLE: NET WORTH
Wilder’s on-going contract with Shelfield united is worth £2.7 million which would have increased to £3.25 million including bonus payouts. He is estimated at around 2.5 million to 5.5 million Euros.