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Why Sheffield United may have to wait longer than hoped if they want to appoint Jokanovic

Sheffield United may have to wait a little longer than they’d hoped if they want to appoint Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager.

BBC Sport reports that the Blades have indeed spoken to Jokanovic about becoming their new boss.

The 52-year-old wasn’t apparently on their initial five-man shortlist to succeed Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane.

Yet issues have emerged with those who were.

Oostende manager, Alexander Blessin, was believed to be their number one target. However, the club has now accepted the German is unlikely to be granted a work permit for a job in English football.

Current caretaker, Paul Heckingbottom, is another being considered. But bosses at United are concerned about results and performances since he took charge.

Their most recent defeat – a 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace – was particularly disappointing.

It’s why Jokanovic – who has twice been promoted from the Championship in the past with Watford and Fulham – has been added to the shortlist.

Why Sheffield United might have to wait for Jokanovic

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It’s now been over two months since Wilder departed the South Yorkshire club.

Since then, relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed.

The new manager has a big task on their hands to turn around results and morale.

Which is why the Blades hierarchy are hoping to bring them in before the current season is over. Recent reports say that could even be as soon as next week.

However, Jokanovic’s contract with current side, Al-Gharafa in Qatar, doesn’t expire until next month.

Also, United aren’t even set on appointing the Serb. Jokanovic isn’t the only candidate they’ve spoken to and is not certain to get the job.

Heckingbottom remains in the running, while Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton is another being considered.

Whether Jokanovic’s availability counts against him remains to be seen.

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