The Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has responded to claims made by his Wednesday counterpart Tony Pulis this week.
Pulis spoke highly of Wilder’s Bramall Lane achievements at his Owls unveiling on Monday.
But the veteran boss went on to claim that if Wednesday can return to the Premier League they would instantly surpass United as the city’s biggest club.
Asked to comment on that particular statement, however, Wilder chose not to bite.
“It is great to have Tony back in football, he is a proper football man,” the lifelong Blades fan told the Yorkshire Post.
“All I am bothered is Sheffield United, as you can imagine, in trying to get a result in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for Tony and what he has done and the career he has had and he is a good man.”
Meanwhile, Wednesday have appointed a former Sheffield United player, Mike Trusson, as Pulis’s assistant.
Trusson was part of the United side demoted to the old Fourth Division in 1981, but played an integral role in the Blades’ promotion the following year.
He is the second coaching appointment made by Pulis, following the former Birmingham City coach Craig Gardner to Hillsborough.
Trusson has worked with Pulis for much of the past 30-plus years, though mostly as a scout.