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Report: Alexander Blessin extends Oostende contract...but remains favourite for Sheffield United job

Sheffield United could be edging closer to replacing Chris Wilder with Alexander Blessin, according to a number of reports this week.

Blessin has emerged as one of the top targets for the Sheffield United board in recent weeks. The 47-year-old German is seen as ideal replacement for Chris Wilder. Blessin’s history of working with younger players, on a stringent budget, and his use of the 3-5-2 system, all said to be helping his cause.

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There has been some movement this week too, it seems. Respected journalist Alan Nixon reported yesterday via his Twitter account that Blessin has extended his contract with KV Oostende. Whether that means he is staying with the Belgian outfit, or they’re simply strengthening their position in terms of compensation, remains unanswered.

But The Telegraph have also claimed that United are well down the line in talks over Blessin. They claim the Blades are ‘discussing a package’ with Blessin, which includes personal terms.

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That news suggests United may have made their mind up on their next managerial appointment with Blessin. Slavisa Jokanovic is also said to still be in the mix. He is apparently keen on a return to England but as yet, no official approach has come from the Blades.

Alexander Blessin looking ever increasingly the man for Sheffield United

It’s the name that doesn’t seem to be going away and the name that a lot of United fans seem to have accepted as their next boss.

Blessin’s appointment will certainly be an interesting one. It will be a complete change from the Wilder-led glory days we’ve all experienced in the last few seasons.

But in fairness, given Wilder’s impact and fingerprints that are all over the club, a complete change of direction might be needed. The performances lately have been woeful and something needs to happen.

Blessin coming in might be just what’s needed.

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