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Calls for Sheffield United manager announcement as Jokanovic is linked with West Brom

Sheffield United manager target, Slavisa Jokanovic, is now being linked with West Brom.

The Sun on Sunday (23/05/21, page 59) says that Jokanovic is being considered by West Bromwich Albion.

Both relegated clubs are currently on the hunt for someone to lead them in the Championship next season.

The Blades have been without a permanent boss since Chris Wilder left Bramall Lane on March 13.

Meanwhile, current Baggies manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed he will be departing The Hawthorns this summer.

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There are several possible candidates to take over at United, but Jokanovic has recently emerged as the favourite.

They held positive talks with the 52-year-old last week ahead of his expected return to English management.

Jokanovic has spent the past two years in Qatar with Al-Gharafa. However, the Serb has great experience in England, having guided both Watford and Fulham to Premier League promotion.

Jokanovic linked with West Brom, but isn’t the favourite

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While the Baggies are considering Jokanovic, there is a more familiar name to Blades fans at the top of their list.

Wilder is apparently the standout candidate to succeed Allardyce at the West Midlands side.

As for United, their current caretaker boss is calling for an announcement to be made today.

Paul Heckingbottom is another being considered for the job, although appeared to recently rule himself out.

What Heckingbottom does want is some clarity on who will be taking over.

The Blades play their final match of the season later this afternoon when they host Burnley at 4pm.

“I personally would like a quick appointment for the last game or straight after the last game,” Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live.

“Because then you can start laying the groundwork and the manager can start convincing players to stay, some with their heads turned. Making decisions on players ins and outs is really important for that stability.

“It’s the start of a new era. The fact that I have been in this position now quite a long time since Chris left might have done everyone a favour in terms of everyone is ready and chomping at the bit for this period and what it’s going to look like.

The 43-year-old continued: “We need that call now and we need that decision, in terms of the club, the squad and keeping it together.

“People need that clarity and need to know what they are doing.

“The ball can’t stop rolling. We have to keep pushing forward because there is next season to plan for and we are wanting a strong start.

“New era, new appointment and sooner rather than later to take all the positives and the good things into next season.”

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