The Sheffield United board are looking for three things in whomever they appoint as the new manager.
The Blades have now been without a permanent boss for almost two months following the departure of Chris Wilder.
Since then, relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed. Under caretaker Paul Heckingbottom, United have lost seven of their eight matches.
Although there are still three games left to play this season, planning is now very much focused on 2021/22 – and how the club can get promoted at the first time of asking.
The Blades board are aiming to appoint a permanent successor to Wilder before this campaign is over.
However, the search to discover whom is the right person to fill that position continues.
Yet the United hierarchy do have some criteria that the new manager must fulfil.
What the board wants from new Sheffield United manager
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a list of stipulations from the bosses at Bramall Lane.
But it seems as more time passes in the search for Wilder’s successor, they are softening their stance.
According to Yorkshire Live, playing 3-5-2 is no longer considered a necessity.
It’s a formation that served the South Yorkshire club extremely well during Wilder’s first four years at the helm, helping him achieve two promotions and a ninth place finish in the top flight.
Yet this term the system looks laboured and predictable.
The reason the board were keen to hire someone comfortable playing 3-5-2 is because they don’t want to overhaul the squad this summer, with the current players signed to fit the system.
While that still remains the case, using the formation is no longer considered a deal breaker.
However, what they won’t budge on is the ability to work with youngsters.
Daniel Jebbison became the latest academy product to make his senior debut at the weekend, after the likes of Antwoine Hackford and Iliman Ndiaye.
There’s a belief that there is some great talent coming through the ranks which should not be wasted.
The new manager must be willing to entertain a global transfer strategy.
While there were many factors in his eventual exit, his reluctance to do this was one of main reasons Wilder left.
There is set to be a new transfer structure in place which will see the board having more of a say. Current board member, Jan van Winckel, is expected to act as a director of football.
Owner Prince Abdullah is building the United World Group – a collection of clubs around the globe, with the Blades sitting top of the pyramid.
The new boss will be expected to utilise this network and be open to more international signings.
Finally, whomever succeeds Wilder needs to have a clear plan for the players. Using a 3-5-2 system may no longer be mandatory, but an alternative blueprint must therefore be in place.
Who will fill the role remains to be seen. Although recent reports suggest that Slavisa Jokanovic is now the number one target.