Paul Heckingbottom appears to have confirmed he wants to be the next permanent manager of Sheffield United.
Heckingbottom has been in caretaker charge of the Blades for seven weeks following the departure of Chris Wilder.
Prior to that the 43-year-old was the Under-23s boss at United. He initially seemed happy to move back to that role once a permanent replacement for Wilder was found.
However, as their search for a new boss continues the board have been impressed with Heckingbottom.
They like the way the former Barnsley and Leeds United manager has conducted himself and also some of the processes he has put in place.
Heckingbottom also secured his first win as boss at the weekend, beating Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0.
Prior to the Brighton victory, the Blades hierarchy were keen to see how the players responded to his leadership. Securing three points against the Seagulls suggests the response has been positive.
It’s why those in charge at United would seriously consider Heckingbottom as a successor to Wilder – if he declares interest in the job.
Does Heckingbottom want the Sheffield United job?
Having previously remained relatively tight-lipped on the subject, Heckingbottom may now have thrown his hat in the ring.
When asked about the wanting the role, he told The Pink Un: “100%, why wouldn’t you?
“A fantastic club, it’s just come down from the Premier League, a club with a great bunch of players and an ambition to get back.
“Those jobs don’t come around very often.
“There will be people queuing up, people knocking the door down, constantly ringing and constantly trying to get in front of the right people to present themselves and to be the man to bring Sheffield United back.
“If a new man comes in, if there is a new man, if it’s sooner rather than later, we’ve all just got to wait and see.”
It certainly sounds like Heckingbottom would be keen on managing the Blades upon their return to the Championship.
If so, he still has five matches in interim charge in the Premier League this term to make his case. Assuming a new boss isn’t appointed before the end of the campaign, that is.
More performances like the one against Brighton and who knows?