As Sheffield United’s hunt for a new manager continues, it’s interesting to look on at how the likes of Alexander Blessin and Slavisa Jokanovic are doing.
Both of those names are being touted as potential successors to Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane. Blessin emerged as a person of interest almost immediately after Wilder left, although links with Blessin have somewhat cooled in recent weeks.
The 47-year-old is highly-regarded in Europe. After leaving the RB Leipzig youth set up, Blessin has impressed in Belgium with Oostende, leading them to the brink of European qualification.
However, Blessin has not enjoyed the best of fortunes since being linked with the job at United. In fact, since Wilder left, Oostende have won just one of four games. Coincidentally, that game came against one of United’s affiliate teams, Beerschot.
This weekend saw Blessin and Oostende humbled by giants of the Belgian game, Anderlecht. A final score of 3-0 to Vincent Kompany’s men doing little to help Oostende’s European push.
Will Alexander Blessin end up at Sheffield United?
As the weeks tick by, it seems more and more unlikely that Blessin is the one United and Prince Abdullah will turn towards.
That, of course, is just our stance. But given the initial clamor around Blessin, things have calmed down considerably in recent weeks.
Further, Slavisa Jokanovic keeps being mentioned. And although Paul Heckingbottom keeps ruling it out, the current United boss is thought to have admirers inside Bramall Lane. He’d also be the ‘cheap option’.
Whether or not Blessin’s links to United have impacted Oostende at all is open for debate. Blessin has insisted that he is full focused on his task in Belgium, but with just one win in four since being linked to United, it’s hard not to put two and two together.