Alexander Blessin has been asked about becoming the next manager of Sheffield United.
Blessin is one of the leading candidates to be named the permanent successor to Chris Wilder, having come onto the Blades’ radar after impressing with KV Oostende this season.
The Belgian club are currently fifth in the top flight and pushing for European qualification. This is after finishing second bottom last term before Blessin took charge.
Ahead of Oostende’s most recent match with Cercle Brugge, the 47-year-old was asked about interest from United by Belgian newspaper Het Niuewsblad.
“If you do it right, there is always interest,” Blessin was quoted by Yorkshire Live.
“Still, I only focus on the match against Cercle.
“It makes no sense to draw up a master or future plan as a coach. You can live much better today and now.”
Alexander Blessin to Sheffield United
It seems there are some keen admirers of Blessin at Bramall Lane. Not least board member Jan van Winckel, who recommended him to owner Prince Abdullah.
Described as a “confidant” of the Saudi Prince, Van Winckel is expected to play a more prominent role in transfer business under the new boss.
This apparent willingness to work under such a structure is one of a number of reasons the United hierarchy like Blessin.
As is the German’s history of working with young players, ability to operate with a small budget, and tendency to play a 3-5-2 formation.
However, there are some potential issues when it comes to hiring Blessin.
The main one is Brexit, with non-British nationals wanting to fill key positions in English football now needing to acquire a Governing Body Endorsement.
There are doubts about whether Blessin would qualify for one.
Oostende are also understandably unwilling to let him leave. It’s said their owner, Chien Lee, will take an “aggressive stance” to any approach.