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Others in Europe reportedly interested in Jokanovic - why Sheffield United remain in a strong position

Sheffield United face competition if they want to appoint Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager.

The Sheffield Star reports that several clubs across Europe are also interested in Jokanovic.

The 52-year-old is considered a “standout candidate” to permanently replace Chris Wilder as Blades boss.

Jokanovic is currently in charge of the seven-time Qatari champions Al-Gharafa. He is yet to confirm whether he will be leaving the club.

Yet while Jokanovic is open to moving to somewhere else on the continent, United remain in a good position if they make a move for him.

That’s because the former Fulham and Watford manager would prefer a switch to the Premier League or Championship.

Will Jokanovic move to Sheffield United?

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It seems as if the board at Bramall Lane are seriously considering Jokanovic.

This is despite the fact he is thought to earn around £2.5m a year in Qatar after tax and would want similar to move to South Yorkshire.

But if the United hierarchy do decide to approach Jokanovic, affordability isn’t thought to be a problem. Wilder was, after all, being paid more than £4m a year.

It’s understandable why they are interested in Jokanovic. He has been promoted twice from the second tier of English football with two different teams.

The Blades will soon return to the Championship themselves after a two-year stay in the top flight. It’s not mathematically confirmed yet, but they’re currently bottom of the table and 15 points from safety with just eight matches left to play.

Jokanovic is also said to be interested in discussing a move to Bramall Lane.

Brexit would slightly complicate matters, as he would require a Governing Body Endorsement to work in England. However, it’s not believed it would be a problem acquiring one.

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