Sheffield United are set to part ways with Slavisa Jokanovic today and the Blades board will set Paul Heckingbottom on as his replacement.
While there has yet to be an official announcement on Jokanovic’s departure, multiple sources – both national and local – have confirmed that the Serbian is set to leave. Whether it’s a sacking, or mutual consent, remains to be seen.
Jokanovic will leave United down in 16th in the Championship, eight points off the top six and a mile off the automatic places. The Serbian was appointed on a big-money three-year deal in the summer. However, he was given just the four loan signings, and January was looking less than promising on the transfer front too.
The Sheffield United board, then, will now surely turn to Paul Heckingbottom once again to steady the ship at Bramall Lane.
Heckingbottom For Sheffield United Again
We all know it’s coming, but there is just no way this Sheffield United board doesn’t set Paul Heckingbottom on now. The Athletic reported last week that he was already being lined up to replace Jokanovic.
Last season, ‘Hecky’ stepped in to the fold and did well. He picked up the pieces from the Chris Wilder era and finished the Premier League campaign strongly. In fact, our sources indicate Heckingbottom was going to be given the job full-time, before pressures led the board to pursue Jokanovic.
It’s now inevitable that Heckingbottom will be asked to manage Sheffield United again. Indeed, Talksport claim that to be the case too.
The pot is empty in January, that much is clear. So now, it needs someone who the players know, who knows the club well, and understands its ethos, to get things back on track.
Short-term, Heckingbottom is that man. Because let’s be frank, not many other managers will fancy coming to work under this board mid-season.