Potentially high wage demands won’t put Sheffield United off approaching Slavisa Jokanovic.
Jokanovic is one of the candidates being considered to be the next Blades manager.
The board have a shortlist of names and they’re now doing their due diligence on them.
Jokanovic is currently in charge of Al-Gharafa in Qatar, where he is said to earn £2.5m a year after tax.
That’s according to The Sun (4/4, page 61). They add that United would need to come close to that figure to tempt the 52-year-old to Bramall Lane.
It has previously been reported that Jokanovic is interested by the prospect of managing the Blades.
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The Serb has enjoyed great success in the Championship in the past, having been promoted from the division with Watford and Fulham.
This will appeal to United, as they look set to be relegated from the Premier League and return to the second tier.
Will Sheffield United be put off Jokanovic?
According to Yorkshire Live, if the board do decide that Jokanovic is the man they want then wages won’t be an issue.
Which should perhaps come as no surprise considering owner Prince Abdullah effectively revealed what Wilder earned.
In a Sky Sports interview following the 53-year-old’s departure by mutual consent, the Saudi Prince said he’d offered to resign as boss twice before eventually leaving.
However, Wilder’s representatives were asking for a £4m severance fee. Prince Abdullah described this sum as “nearly one year’s salary”.
This is some way above the £2.5m Jokanovic is said to earn. Albeit that total is after tax.
But after tax in the UK, £4m works out at around £2.1m. This makes stretching to pay Jokanovic £2.5m within the realms of possibility.
Whether or not they make a move for the former Chelsea midfielder remains to be seen. But if they don’t, it won’t be because of money.