The race to become the next Sheffield United manager is said to be hotting up, with a number of names chucked into the fold in recent weeks.
The Athletic has reported this weekend that as many as 25 names could be in the mix to become the next Sheffield United manager.
Succeeding Chris Wilder isn’t going to be easy. Whoever comes in inherits a squad which should have sufficient Championship quality, but is low on confidence. They’ll also inherit a fanbase who still love Wilder, meaning nothing but a fast start will do it seems.
But just is in and among that list of 25 being mentioned? We’ve taken a look here at who could be in the hunt to replace Chris Wilder.
Who will be the next Sheffield United manager?
Picking out 25 potential names is a near impossible task. We’ll probably fall short of naming 25 here, but there are a few names who have been mentioned, as well as some who haven’t who could be of interest.
The main two players in the race, it seems, are Slavisa Jokanovic and Alexander Blessin. The pair have cropped up more than most in conversations and are widely accepted as being viable options among the fanbase and board.
John Terry is another name who could attract admiring glances. He’s impressed at Aston Villa under Dean Smith and could see United as the ideal first job. Frank Lampard was another name touted early on, but his future surely lies with the England under-21s.
Surprisingly, Scott Parker has also been mentioned in recent days. With Fulham all but down, that would still come as a shock appointment. As would the appointment of Eddie Howe, who is waiting patiently for the right job by the looks of it.
Lower down the pyramid, Michael Appleton is said to have admirers at Bramall Lane. He’d be an uninspiring choice in most supporters’ eyes, but is highly-regarded in the coaching world. Karl Robinson has been mentioned, while Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael is also gaining a good reputation.
Other names Sheffield United could consider for manager
A lot will come down to how much United want to pay. It’s unlikely we’ll see someone from the old manager merry-go-round appointed, which means the likes of Mark Hughes are likely ruled out.
Jason Tindall is already at the club and is said to want a return to management. But he seems unlikely, given we’ve seen little in the way of improvements since he arrived as coach. Paul Warne is another local coach some have mentioned, but again, it would be really unlikely.
Derek McInnes has been mentioned, as has Neil Lennon, who left Celtic earlier in the season.
More left-field names you could chuck into the mix could be ex-Arsenal duo Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. Both are looking for routes back into football, with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace both mentioned for those two.
Even further afield you have former Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery. He’s impressing over in Australia but like others, he’d be a hugely surprising appointment.
Bringing things closer to home, Paul Heckingbottom might well end up with the job. But he doesn’t fancy it, if you take his interviews into account. Less inspiring names like Steve Bruce, Slaven Bilic, and even Garry Monk have made certain betting lists. (No thank you).
Finally, we hear today that a certain Jose Mourinho is out of work. Now that would be a turn up for the books at Bramall Lane!