Paul Heckingbottom is reportedly having a “number of talks” with the Sheffield United board about the future of the club.
Heckingbottom is in caretaker charge until the end of the season after the departure of Chris Wilder as manager.
The 43-year-old stepped up from his role as Under-23s boss to fill the position on a temporary basis.
The Blades hierarchy have been impressed with how Heckingbottom has conducted himself since the switch. They also like some of the processes he’s put in place behind the scenes.
They now want to see how the players respond to Heckingbottom’s leadership after relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed.
It’s certainly started well, with United winning their first game since their fate was sealed with a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Apparently if Heckingbottom declared interest in taking over the job permanently, the board would seriously consider him.
Heckingbottom as next permanent Sheffield United boss?
Yorkshire Live reports that Heckingbottom is in talks with the club’s hierarchy about the future.
They are keen for whomever is hired as Wilder’s permanent successor to work closely with the academy.
There are a talented crop of youngsters coming through at Shirecliffe currently. Many have been seen in and around the first team this season, with both Antwoine Hackford and Iliman Ndiaye making their debuts.
Zak Brunt, Kyron Gordon and Frankie Maguire have also made match day squads. Meanwhile, Rhys Norrington-Davies and Regan Slater will be returning from successful loan spells this summer and could be given a chance.
It makes sense Heckingbottom would be involved in discussions about these players because of his role with the Under-23s.
But he’s also showcasing that he fits the criteria when it comes to promoting youth.