Sheffield United will have to come to a decision on whether to approach Slavisa Jokanovic in the coming weeks, once his future in Qatar is settled.
That’s according to respected journalist Alan Nixon, who claims that Jokanovic will soon have his contract situation in Qatar sorted, which could, in turn, pave the way for United to make their move.
Jokanovic has emerged as one of a number of contenders for the job at Bramall Lane. Along with Alexander Blessin, who is being touted as a serious contender, and John Terry, Jokanovic appears to fit the bill for the Blades board.
Prince Abdullah appears to be taking his time on appointing Chris Wilder’s successor. In terms of Alexander Blessin, the issues with Brexit and work-permits are presenting issues. Those issues are unlikely to affect Jokanovic, who has already worked in England with Watford and Fulham, and as a player with Chelsea.
Jokanovic is also said to be keen on a return to England. He’s also thought to not be put off by the idea of managing a Championship club. That is something that is a clear advantage for the Blades.
Sheffield United need new manager quickly, before the rot sets in
The best thing United could do at the moment is bring in a new manager before the season is out. It would at least give them some games to try and stamp their authority.
It would also give the new boss a chance to assess players, get their feet under the table, and formulate a plan for the summer. At the moment, the Blades are a sinking ship with no sign of re-emerging from the depths of despair.
If it is to be Jokanovic, then that would suit many Blades. He has experience, knows a player when he sees one, and has won promotions.
It’s crunch time for this Sheffield United board. A new manager being appointed in the coming days could really help steady the ship.