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Report: 56-year-old's Sheffield United future unclear amid fan confusion

Sheffield United still have Alan Knill on the books but there is confusion over whether he will have a role to play under Slavisa Jokanovic.

Knill, 56, was a key part of the revolution under Chris Wilder. He was the trusted number two to Wilder, and was seen as the eyes and ears on the training pitch for the then Blades boss.

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But Knill has since been out of the picture ever since Wilder left. He accompanied Paul Heckingbottom in his first game at Leicester City, but disappeared from the scene.

However, according to Nathan Hemmingham of Yorkshire Live, Knill is still on the books – for now.

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With Slavisa Jokanovic set to bring in new backroom staff, it looks like the writing could be on the wall for Knill.

But Yorkshire Live say nothing is set in stone. When pressed on the matter in a Q&A today, the answer still remained unclear.

Yes, he’s still employed by the club. But what the future holds is unclear,” YL’s Hemmingham answered.

“He was offered a role away from the training pitch, which he rejected, and with Jokanovic bringing his own staff in it is not known for now what role Knill will have if he remains at the club.”


Whatever the future holds for Knill, every Sheffield United fan will recognisde the outstanding work he did. It’s widely accepted that he was the brains behind some of the innovation at the club.

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Hopefully, he gets some sort of send-off before he does go. It’s a shame he won’t be working alongside Jokanovic. In reality, that could be a dream for the club.

But whatever happens, we wish Knill all the best and look forward to seeing where he ends up. Probably, with Chris Wilder at his side.

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