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How Blessin hire could help Sheffield United finally sign Hendry from Celtic

Appointing Alexander Blessin as their next manager could help Sheffield United finally sign Jack Hendry from Celtic.

Hendry was first linked with the Blades at the beginning of March, before it was known they would be on the hunt for a new boss.

Both Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion were also said to be interested in the defender at the time,

Having fallen down the pecking order at Parkhead under former Hoops manager Neil Lennon, Hendry is currently on loan at Oostende.

The 25-year-old has helped the side to their current position of fifth in the Belgian top flight. Having almost been relegated last season, this turnaround to be pushing for European qualification has come as quite the surprise.

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The man who has masterminded it is Blessin. Likely to have been largely unknown to most United fans less than a month ago, now the German is said to be one of the main candidates to replace Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane.

This is Blessin’s first managerial role, having mainly worked as a youth coach at the likes of RB Leizpig before getting this job last summer.

Could Blessin bring Celtic ace Hendry with him?

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Unwanted in Glasgow, Hendry would probably be tempted by a reunion with Blessin in South Yorkshire.

However, it was Lennon who didn’t want the centre-back and he hasn’t been involved with the Bhoys since leaving in February.

Also, the Blades would not be able to offer Premier League football next term. Their relegation to the Championship may not yet be mathematically confirmed, but it’s only a matter of time.

That said, if anyone could tempt Hendry to the second tier of English football, then surely it’s Blessin. Considering the good working relationship he already has with the Scotland international.

A recent report from The Daily Record has linked Hendry with a permanent switch to Oostende. But if Blessin leaves, would that still be on?

Instead, United could not only hire a new coach, but also a highly rated defender as a direct result.

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