Montpellier boss Michel Der Zakarian linked with Sheffield United ahead of expected move to England
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Montpellier boss Michel Der Zakarian linked with Sheffield United ahead of expected move to England

Montpellier manager Michel Der Zakarian has been linked with the vacant position at Sheffield United.

Der Zakarian is preparing his side for tonight’s Coupe de France semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Yet in the build-up to that match, the 58-year-old told French publication L’Equipe he and his coaching team would be leaving The Stade de la Mosson this summer.

Der Zakarian’s contract expires at the end of this season and the Armenian is looking for a new challenge in England.

If follows four successful years at Montpellier, during which time he has led them to a top ten finish in Ligue 1 each campaign. They’re on course to repeat the feat this term.

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Now Der Zakarian is looking for a job in English football. He has exclusively managed and played in France up until this point.

Michel Der Zakarian to Sheffield United?


The link with the Blades comes via BBC journalist, James Gregg.

Gregg interviewed Der Zakarian ahead of the game with PSG. He asked him directly if United were a club being considered.

Gregg says that Der Zakarian gave a wry smile and responded by saying, ‘they’re talking to a few clubs’.

He also outlines the fine job that the former defender has been doing at Montpellier and elsewhere before that.

Der Zakarian has achieved a top ten finish in the French top flight every year despite having the 14th biggest budget in the division.

He previously worked under Carlo Ancelotti at PSG. Der Zakarian also gave current Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy his debut when he was in charge of Reims.

Gregg adds that the former Armenia international also loves playing attacking football and has been learning English for the past year.

We know that the Blades are exploring the idea of appointing a foreign coach as a permanent successor to Chris Wilder.

Oostende boss Alexander Blessin is apparently their number one target. Slavisa Jokanovic is another being linked.

Owner Prince Abdullah is also building his United World Group with teams from across the globe. The group has links in France with Chateauroux being the latest club acquired.

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