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Sheffield United reportedly change their mind about new manager announcement

Sheffield United will be announcing who their new manager is later than initially expected.

The Blades have been without a permanent boss since the departure of Chris Wilder on March 13.

Paul Heckingbottom has been in caretaker charge since then. Relegation from the Premier League has also been confirmed during that time.

The club hierarchy have decided to take their time appointing Wilder’s successor to make sure they get the right man.

The new manager will be tasked with trying to get United promoted from the Championship next season at the first time of asking.

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Yet despite this, it was originally reported the new boss would be in place before the end of this campaign.

However, with 2020/21 concluding for the South Yorkshire side on Sunday with a home match against Burnley, that is no longer going to happen it seems.

Instead, The Sheffield Star reports the announcement will be made following the game with the Clarets.

Whether that is immediately after, or a little longer, remains to be seen.

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There have been varying reports about who will succeed Wilder ever since his exit more than two months ago.

A shortlist of five names was later drawn up, with Oostende’s Alexander Blessin believed to be the number one target. But issues concerning the chances of the German getting a work permit put an end to that.

Heckingbottom himself was also being considered, yet the board have also decided against that.

Someone who was not on the original shortlist was Slavisa Jokanovic. Which was odd considering Jokanovic has twice been promoted from the second tier of English football with Watford and Fulham.

The 52-year-old is also a free agent this summer after leaving Al-Gharafa in Qatar.

Yet that stance has since changed and Jokanovic now looks set for the job. The Serb has held positive talks with the Blades and perhaps could be revealed after Sunday’s match.

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