Sheffield United interim boss Paul Heckingbottom has said he’s had no conversations about taking over from Chris Wilder on a permanent basis.
Heckingbottom has led United to three wins from his nine fixtures in charge, including today’s 1-0 success over Burnley. David McGoldrick got his eighth of the season to see the Blades home.
Attention is now turning towards who the next boss might be. Heckingbottom has maintained all along that he doesn’t want the job on a permanent basis. Indeed, multiple reports suggest Slavisa Jokanovic is the Blades’ number one target.
And speaking following the game today, Heckingbottom once again seemed to distance himself from the Blades manager role.
“For me personally I’ll be at the 23s game tomorrow and then relaxing with the family. It’s just feet up,” Hecky said.
“I’ve not had a conversation with the club about taking the manager’s job. It’s straightforward for me. I know they put my name on that shortlist, no problem. But unless anyone calls me, it will be feet up for me.”
Heckingbottom was placed on a supposed five man shortlist by the club a few weeks back. Strangely, that shortlist didn’t include Jokanovic, who is now said to be the number one target.
David McGoldrick has also called for a quick appointment at the club, with players unsure of their futures.
Would Heckingbottom actually be the worst choice for Sheffield United?
We wrote a few weeks back how it seemed like the club were setting up to appoint Heckingbottom. We said it didn’t sit right, and we still stand by that.
But if Jokanovic can’t be got, and the other options are less than impressive names with unproven track records, then appointing Heckingbottom might be the next best option.
Local journalist, Alan Biggs, recently wrote a similar piece championing Hecky. But only if others aren’t available.
For us, the fact it’s not been announced yet suggests it won’t be Paul Heckingbottom. But an announcement needs to come soon, if anything so the club can go into the summer with a solid foundation.