Chris Wilder believes Sheffield United can follow the Burnley blueprint as he hailed the job done by Sean Dyche ahead of the two sides meeting at Turf Moor

The future of the Clarets boss has been the subject of plenty of speculation in recent weeks amid rumours of a boardroom disagreement.

Wilder is in awe of what Dyche has achieved and suggests maybe he is destined for bigger things.

“I have said all along I think Burnley are the most talked about football club in our football club, £120million, £120million, £120million, another one and another one, that is what they have done, the consistency,” Wilder said.

“Brilliant manager, gets the best out of his team, they are a great example for my football club and my players on how to do it.

“If I am sat here in four or five years time a Premier League manager like Sean is I would be absolutely delighted.

“Absolute nonsense, complete nonsense in terms of anyone questioning what that man does for that football club.

“That is an ignorant, ridiculous opinion. Complete nonsense. I don’t get it.

“Have Burnley gone as far as they can with Sean Dyche or is it the other way around? I think it’s the other way around and if I was him I would be looking at it like that.

“If anyone asked the question after what Sean’s done for Burnley I would be saying has that football club done enough for the manager after what he has done for them.”

It is 10th against seventh with both sides harbouring European ambitions, the Blades’ impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham on Thursday moving them into the Europa League places – above Spurs and Arsenal in the table.

Wilder, however, continues to refuse to talk about any European hopes for his club and is only concentrating on the performances.

“I am just looking for a bit of consistency, we have had two decent performances and we are looking to make it three,” he said.

“If you look at the fixture list, the Premier League – it is where we all wanted to be – Burnley, top 10, Wolves, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, Southampton.

“I am just after performances even though the W bit at the end is important.

“If our team plays like it does then we will give ourselves an opportunity of competing in this division.”

Wilder will be without John Fleck, John Lundstram and Luke Freeman at Turf Moor, while Jack O’Connell remains a doubt.