Paul Heckingbottom says quick appointment needed for staff, as well as Sheffield United players
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Paul Heckingbottom says quick appointment needed for staff, as well as Sheffield United players

Sheffield United interim manager, Paul Heckingbottom, has once again urged the club to make a swift managerial appointment.

Many expected a new man to be named by now, with Slavisa Jokanovic said to be the number one target at Bramall Lane. However, the weekend has now passed by and as yet, there is no sign of a new boss.

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Heckingbottom has previously called for the club to come to a decision on who the new manager is. Obviously, it’s vital for the players to know who is in charge ahead of pre-season.

But Hecky, speaking after yesterday’s win over Burnley, also believes that there are people beyond the playing staff who are hanging on the decision.


Someone needs to come and put their own stamp on things now. Being ‘the’ manager and interim manager is a completely different thing,” Heckingbottom said.

“There’s big knock on effects when you’re not making decisions. Players want to know, and players need to know. But not only players, staff. There’s staff who don’t know what’s happening next season. So from that point of view we need an early decision.”

Heckingbottom has overseen three wins since he took over from Chris Wilder a few months back. However, he once again distanced himself from the role last night, insisting his future lies with the under-23s for now.

Sheffield United News View: Heckingbottom is bang on here, the club need to act swiftly

Hecky has said this more than once and he’s bang right. The club and the board need to get a move on and secure a new manager. Whoever it might be.

David McGoldrick is among the players to also call for a swift appointment.

In simple terms, we just can’t head into the summer not having a clue what is happening. It’s been around 12 weeks now since Wilder left, and we are no nearer appointing anyone to take over.

These next few days are vital. If we head into June with no new man in charge, then things could start to unravel pretty quickly at Bramall Lane.

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