Paul Heckingbottom is being considered as the next permanent manager of Sheffield United.
Blades chief executive, Stephen Bettis, admitted as much to Sky Sports when giving an update on the club’s managerial search.
“We have spoken to a number of potential candidates, both in this country and abroad, and will continue to do so in the best possible interests of the club,” Bettis said.
“Due diligence is an important factor as we strive to appoint the right person to enable us to make a promotion push from the EFL Championship.
“We have now cut our search down to a shortlist of five candidates – which includes Paul Heckingbottom, who has performed commendably in the circumstances.
“The board of directors will continue to take time to deliberate whilst the current season remains in progress.”
Heckingbottom was put in caretaker charge of United following the departure of Chris Wilder seven weeks ago.
Prior to that the 43-year-old was Under-23s boss at the club. However, he does have prior management experience with Barnsley, Leeds United and Hibernian.
Heckingbottom initially remained quiet about wanting the job permanently. Yet he has now seemed to suggest that he does want to be considered.
What Sheffield United fans think about Heckingbottom being next manager
They like the way he has conducted himself and also some of the processes he has put in place.
On the pitch, Heckingbottom secured his first win as manager at the weekend when United beat Brighton & Hove Albion.
But what do the supporters think about him possibly succeeding Wilder?
The general consensus among the replies we’ve seen is that Heckingbottom has done a good job in difficult circumstances since Wilder left. However, that doesn’t make him the right man to take over permanently.
Especially when the likes of Slavisa Jokanovic – who has twice been promoted from the Championship with Watford and Fulham – and Eddie Howe – who took Bournemouth up and kept them in the Premier League for five years – also apparently being considered.