'Sounds very positive' - These Sheffield United fans react to links with Michel Der Zakarian
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'Sounds very positive' - These Sheffield United fans react to links with Michel Der Zakarian

Michel Der Zakarian is the latest name to be linked with the vacant manager’s job at Sheffield United.

BBC journalist James Gregg broke the story after interviewing Der Zakarian.

Currently in charge of Montpellier, the 58-year-old was speaking to Gregg ahead of his side’s Coupe de France semi-final with Paris Saint-Germain.

Der Zakarian had revealed earlier in the week that he and his coaching staff would be leaving the French club this summer.

His contract is set to expire and they are seeking a new challenge in England.


Gregg asked Der Zakarian about the Blades, who are still searching for a permanent successor to Chris Wilder.

The Armenian apparently gave a wry smile when questioned and said, ‘they’re talking to a few clubs’.

Who is Michel Der Zakarian?


Most United fans could be forgiven for not having heard of Der Zakarian.

The former defender has spent his entire football career to date in France, as both a player and manager.

Der Zakarian has been in charge of Montpellier for the past four years, leading them to a top ten finish in Ligue 1 each season. This is despite the fact they have the 14th biggest budget in the division.

Gregg adds that Der Zakarian has been learning English for the last 12 months and likes to play attacking football.

So, what do Blades supporters think about the link?

Could it happen?

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Well, of course it could. However, Der Zakarian’s case appears to be supported by how the United board have approached finding a successor to Wilder.

Owner Prince Abdullah is clearly open to hiring a foreign coach. Both Oostende boss Alexander Blessin and Slavisa Jokanovic have been strongly linked.

The Saudi prince is also keen for the club to venture more into the global market. He has helped try and initiate this with his United World Group.

There are currently five clubs in the group, with the Blades being top of the pyramid. Also owned by Prince Abdullah are French side Chateauroux.

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