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Sheffield United reportedly want to have their new manager in place by the end of next week

Yorkshire Live reports that Sheffield United are aiming to appoint their new manager by the end of next week.

It’s now two months since Chris Wilder left his position as boss following almost five years at the helm.

Paul Heckingbottom has been in caretaker charge ever since and is among those being considered to succeed Wilder on a permanent basis.

Heckingbottom is on an initial five-man shortlist of managerial candidates. However, according to The Sheffield Star that has now been increased to six with the addition of Slavisa Jokanovic.

Oostende boss, Alexander Blessin is also known to be on it, along with Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton.

It was previously reported that the Blades hierarchy wanted to appoint the new manager before this campaign concluded.

With only three matches remaining time is running out, but it now seems the new man could be in the dugout for the final game of the season.

Who will be the new manager of Sheffield United

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There has been plenty of speculation about who will replace Wilder.

Whoever it is not only has big shoes to fill, but also a difficult task ahead of them.

United enjoyed huge success under Wilder, going from the bottom of League One to ninth in the Premier League during his first four years in charge.

Yet the last 12 months have seen a rapid decline which resulted in the 53-year-old’s departure and relegation from the top flight.

Getting this squad ready to mount a promotion challenge from the Championship next term is no mean feat.

It seems Blessin was considered the number one choice to take that on. But the Blades board have accepted that the German is unlikely to be granted a work permit to work in English football.

Heckingbottom was also a serious contender, but recent results have prompted a rethink.

United have lost seven of their eight fixtures under the 43-year-old. Yet it was the manner of their most recent loss to Crystal Palace which has club bosses doubting Heckingbottom’s suitability.

It’s why Jokanovic has gone from being not on the shortlist, to the most likely appointment.

Twice promoted from the Championship with Watford and Fulham, the Serbian is without a job after leaving Qatari side Al-Gharafa.

Jokanovic is keen to return to England and initial talks have taken place between the Blades and his representatives. Further discussions are expected to happen in the coming days.

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