Reported No.1 target Alexander Blessin discusses becoming new Sheffield United manager
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Reported No.1 target Alexander Blessin discusses becoming new Sheffield United manager

Alexander Blessin has discussed the prospect of becoming the new Sheffield United manager.

The Sheffield Star reports that Blessin is the club’s number one choice to succeed Chris Wilder as permanent boss.

The 47-year-old is currently in charge of Oostende in Belgium, where he has been greatly impressing.

They thrashed Standard Liege 6-2 at the weekend in their first Europa League playoff match following the conclusion of the regular season.

It’s after Blessin guided the side to fifth in his first year in charge. Last campaign they finished second bottom.


Which is why the Blades are so keen on hiring the German.

“You shouldn’t always believe what is being told. Sometimes something is right, sometimes it’s just rumours,” Blessin told Voetbal Primeur.

“The concentration is now completely on the playoffs. And another thing – I am still under contract here for one more year.

“You can burn yourself if you suddenly take a step higher without thinking about it. Why not confirm with Ostend?

“The second year is more difficult, so maybe I can get a lot better here. I have no problem staying at all. But in football you are never sure.”

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Blessin doesn’t appear to completely shut down the rumours with these comments, but problems still remain.

The main one is Brexit. Under new rules, non-British nationals wanting to work in English football must acquire a Governing Body Endorsement.

There is specific criteria for this which Blessin is unlikely to meet. Previously working in youth football at RB Leizpig, this is his first managerial post.

Oostende owner Chien Lee is also prepared to take an aggressive stance against any approach for Blessin.

The Blades haven’t given up just yet though and are investigating ways they can still appoint him.

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