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'Exciting' - These Sheffield United fans react to Slavisa Jokanovic being named new manager

Sheffield United have named Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager.

Jokanovic has signed a three-year contract at Bramall Lane and becomes the permanent successor to Chris Wilder.

Wilder left the Blades in March after almost five years in charge. Paul Heckingbottom was caretaker boss for the rest of the season.

Jokanovic has most recently been managing in Qatar, where he spent two years with Al-Gharafa. The 52-year-old guided them to fourth last term. That secured qualification for the Asian Champions League.

However, the former Chelsea midfielder is well known to English football fans. As well as playing for the Blues, he has also previously guided Watford and Fulham to promotion as manager.

The Hornets finished as runners-up to Bournemouth in the Championship in 2015. Meanwhile, the Cottagers were promoted under Jokanovic via the playoffs in 2018.

This experience in the second tier of English football makes the Serb an exciting appointment for United fans.

The South Yorkshire club will be back in the division in 2021/22 following their relegation from the Premier League.

What Sheffield United fans think about Slavisa Jokanovic

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Many supporters were unhappy when it emerged that Jokanovic was not included on the board’s original five-man shortlist to replace Wilder.

Heckingbottom was. But the club’s hierarchy changed their mind after performances under the 43-year-old.

Alexander Blessin was another, but getting a work permit for the Oostende boss proved problematic.

The Blades did eventually turn to Jokanovic and after positive talks last week, have made the appointment.

Some Sheffield United fans seem delighted with the news.

Jokanovic will be tasked at getting United promoted at the first time of asking next campaign.

One of his main rivals could be Wilder himself. Sky Sports reports that the 53-year-old is on the shortlist to replace Sam Allardyce at West Bromwich Albion following their own relegation.

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