Ex-Hartlepool United and Sunderland defender Paul Heckingbottom to take charge at Sheffield United after Slavisa Jokanovic exit - with ex-Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock also linked with sensational return

Former Sunderland and Hartlepool United defender Paul Heckingbottom is reportedly set to replace Slavisa Jokanovic as manager at Sheffield United.

Thursday, 25th November 2021, 11:38 am

According to our sister title The Sheffield Star, United will part company with Jokanovic later today with the club sitting 16th in the Championship.

Heckingbottom, who was once a contender for the Sunderland job, took caretaker charge of The Blades last season following the departure of Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane.

It’s been claimed Heckingbottom, who returned to his role as under-23s boss at the end of last season, will be given the chance to stake a claim for the senior manager’s position.

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Former Norwich and Preston boss Alex Neil is also said to be under consideration while he is out of work.

Sheffield United won 1-0 at Reading last time out, yet it seems that wasn’t enough to save Jokanovic’s job.

The Blades are now preparing for a home game against Bristol City this weekend.

Meanwhile, former Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock had also been linked with a sensational return to Sheffield United following today’s news, Warnock left the Riverside earlier this month, replaced by Wilder.