Oostende manager, Alexander Blessin, remains in the frame to be the new manager of Sheffield United, according to The Examiner.
Answering his now weekly Q&A for the site, respected Sheffield United journalist, Nathan Hemmingham, claims that Blessin remains a person of high interest to the Blades board.
When pressed on why we’d not yet hired Blessin and why his visa issues may be a problem, Hemmingham stated that both Carl Schieber and Stephen Bettis will have done their due diligence on Blessin.
That will include the possibility of if there is a way around the current system which may prevent Blessin from being granted a work-permit.
Blessin’s relatively new career in management leaves him falling foul of the current rules and regulations. He has not yet been manager of Oostende for the required period of time, nor does his past at RB Leipzig help him.
But the fact that Blessin remains in the frame suggests United do have him in their sights for the moment. Other names, including John Terry and Slavisa Jokanovic, have also been mentioned.
Are Sheffield United playing the long game with Alexander Blessin?
He was one of the very first names mentioned and he is still in the mix, so it could well be that the Blades are biding their time here.
Let’s be honest, there is no mad rush here. Paul Heckingbottom is going about his business and impressing. The win against Brighton was just what he deserved for taking over and steadying the ship in recent weeks.
Blessin is clearly someone the board feel they can get. Otherwise, we’d have heard the last of it from the local journalists and all moved on.
It could just be that Bettis and co are biding their time. And if that’s the case, then we could very well see Blessin in charge come the start of summer.