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Report: Philippe Clement emerges as Sheffield United managerial contender

Club Brugge manager, Philippe Clement, has emerged as a new contender to replace Chris Wilder as Sheffield United manager.

A number of names have been mentioned in recent weeks. The likes of Alexander Blessin – also managing in Belgium – and Slavisa Jokanovic have been the two main candidates touted.

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But Clement’s name being brought into the fray is fresh news. The Examiner, citing reports in Belgium, claims that Clement has admirers at Bramall Lane.

Clement has led Brugge to the league title this season at a canter. The Belgian giants finished some 16 points above Antwerp in second.

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Unlike Blessin, it is believed Clement wouldn’t have any issues in obtaining the relevant work permit to take a job in England. It is also expected that Clement will leave Brugge this summer, paving the way for a move.

Philippe Clement latest candidate for Sheffield United

Clement is a 47-year-old manager who boasts a good CV and experience as a player at the very highest of levels.

He played most of his career with Brugge, stacking up over 200 appearances for the club. He also added 38 international caps with Belgium, appearing both in the World Cup in 98, and Euro 2000.

His managerial record is excellent. He led Genk to the title in 2018/19, while he went back to Brugge after winning with Genk to do the same. He’s also just sewn up a third title this year.

Clement’s credentials, then, are there for all to see. United seem to be drawn to the Belgian league and in Clement and Blessin, seem to have two candidates who have plenty of admirers in S2.

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