Sheffield United are being linked with former Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic, who could prove to be a superb appointment ahead of next season in the Championship.
According to James Shield of the Sheffield Star, Sheffield United will discuss their managerial vacancy with the Serbian over the coming days.
Paul Heckingbottom has been in temporary charge at Bramall Lane since Chris Wilder left in March, having previously managed the U23 side, with results unfortunately not improving under the former Barnsley boss, which culminated in the Blades’ relegation back to the Championship.
Since his appointment, the South Yorkshire side have won just one of their last eight games, losing the other seven, so it was perhaps clear that he was never going to be given the opportunity to take charge permanently.
Jokanovic, therefore, could prove to be a shrewd appointment should he take charge at Bramall Lane this summer, as he has plenty of experience in both the Premier League and the Championship.
The 52-year-old is currently in charge at Qatari club Al-Gharafa SC, where he has taken charge of 53 matches, picking up an impressive points per game average of 1.6.
However, his contract there is set to expire in the summer, which suggests that he will soon be looking for a new job and if he does end up leaving the Stars League outfit, then Sheffield United could bring him in without having to pay any compensatory fee.
Jokanovic is perhaps best known for his spell with Fulham, spending three years there between 2015-2018, taking charge of 144 matches with a solid points per game average of 1.56.
He also helped the Cottagers to promotion in the 2017/18 season via the Championship playoffs, which led Danny Murphy to label the job he had done as “remarkable” before being rather harshly sacked after a poor run of form in the Premier League.
It would be good for the Blades to have a manager with two Championship promotions on his CV, having also earned promotion with Watford in 2014/15.
Therefore, this looks like good news for Sheffield United as they continue their search for a new manager ahead of next season. They want a man who can earn promotion and in Jokanovic, they could get a man with a proven track-record of doing just that, with two different clubs.
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