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Why Sheffield United have reportedly not spoken to Jokanovic yet, despite his interest in becoming boss

Sheffield United have not spoken to Slavisa Jokanovic about becoming their new manager, reports Yorkshire Live.

This is despite the fact it’s been made clear Jokanovic is interested in the job.

The 52-year-old’s current contract with Qatari side Al-Gharafa expires this summer and he’s keen on a return to England.

Jokanovic has previously managed Watford and Fulham, guiding both to promotion from the Championship.

With the Blades dropping back down into the second tier of English football next season, this history in the division makes the Serbian an appealing candidate.

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Jokanovic is also believed to be a popular choice among the United fans.

Issue Sheffield United board have with Jokanovic

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The former Chelsea midfielder certainly ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to hiring a permanent successor to Chris Wilder.

Yet the concern the Bramall Lane hierarchy have with Jokanovic is his long-term credentials.

Like Wilder, they want someone to come in and build a legacy at the club over a number of years.

The longest Jokanovic has ever spent in a managerial position was at Craven Cottage at just under three years.

He has had seven other roles aside from Fulham, none of which has lasted more than two years.

It still could be that the Blades board decide Jokanovic meets enough of the other criteria anyway.

Clearly he would like to discuss the prospect of moving to South Yorkshire, which is a good sign.

Jokanovic’s expected high wages also apparently wouldn’t be a problem. It’s likely the Serb would need to be paid similar to Wilder at around £4m a year.

Jokanovic would be a strong choice for getting the Blades promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

But whether he would then stay around to try and build on that remains a doubt for the United board.

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