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How possible Sheffield United summer signing upset experienced Championship boss

Slavisa Jokanovic isn’t even through the door at Sheffield United yet and already players are being linked with a move to Bramall Lane.

Yesterday saw the Sheffield Star report that both Jonathan Kodjia and Adlene Guedioura could follow Jokanovic to Sheffield.

Both players have bags of experience. Both have played in the Championship before, and both are currently with Jokanovic over in Qatar.

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And while it’s the name of Kodjia that will catch the eye, Guedioura is also one for United fans to keep an eye on. He might be 35, but he is known for being in fine shape and is still going strong with Al-Gharafa.

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He’s known for spells in England with Nottingham Forest, Wolves, and Watford. Indeed, he was also with Jokanovic at Vicarage Road.

But while there’s a good player in there with valuable experience, United need to be wary. And that’s due to a big fallout with former Forest boss Martin O’Neill.

It was a fallout which left Guedioura looking ill-disciplined and unprofressional. Certainly, it’s something United fans will want to be aware of.

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A lot of footballers have had moments of regret in their career. So this is not here to paint Guedioura in a bad light. It’s more to highlight a piece of information to Blades fans, should he arrive.

Per a report from The Guardian, Guedioura had a serious fallout with O’Neill back in 2019. It stemmed from a simple instruction from the then-Forest boss.

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O’Neill had simply asked Guedioura to warm down after being an unsused substitute. That, as most know, is a pretty standard procedure for a professional footballer.

The Algerian, however, had other ideas. He argued that he didn’t need to do so. The game was over, and he was due to go away with his country.

Naturally, this rubbed O’Neill up the wrong way. A bigger dressing room bust-up ensured and Guedioura would only feature sporadically in the eight games that followed.

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Clearly, since then, Guedioura has got back to playing football and enjoying his time with Al-Gharafa. However, it’s certainly something for United to have in their minds.

This group of players is built on its team spirit and close-knit bond. Anyone coming into that group who fancies themselves as being above it, probably won’t be welcome.

Guedioura, then, would need to tread carefully around Shirecliffe. That is, if he does indeed follow Jokanovic to the club.

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