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How 'confidant' of Sheffield United owner has reportedly played key role in club wanting Alexander Blessin

Sheffield United could announce Alexander Blessin as their new manager before the season finishes.

Over the past few days, Blessin has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane.

The German is set to leave his current role at Oostende ahead of being named as the new Blades boss.

Blessin certainly has an impressive CV. Having previously worked as a youth coach at RB Leipzig, the 47-year-old took his first management job last June.

Oostende had finished second bottom the previous campaign, but have been one of the biggest success stories in Europe in 2020/21.

They are currently fourth in the Belgian top flight and in a qualification place for the Europa League.

All of this has been achieved on a limited budget, which appeals to United owner Prince Abdullah. As does Blessin’s commitment to giving youth players a chance in the first team.

So, how did he come onto the radar of the South Yorkshire club?

The man who recommended Blessin to Sheffield United

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Premier League clubs have far reaching scouting networks and extensive databases on players and coaches alike.

A successful manager in Belgium is unlikely to be unknown to them. Despite that, it is still something of a surprise the Blades appear to be ready to make a move for Blessin.

The key reason it has come about is because of United board member, Jan van Winckel.

Van Winckel is a long-term associate of Prince Abdullah and is described by Yorkshire Live as his “confidant”.

They report he is a fan of Blessin’s and appears to be the main person pushing for the German’s appointment.

If he does get the job he will be working closely with Van Winckel, who will be part of the recruitment team in the new setup.

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