News broke earlier today of Chris Wilder’s imminent departure from Sheffield United with the club sitting in bottom position in the Premier League and looking set for relegation.
Many expected the Blades to stick with the Sheffield-born manager after the success he brought the club in leading them to promotions from both League One and the Championship before a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League last term.
However, after funds were invested in the summer to bring in the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Rhian Brewster, it appears the board have finally lost patience with the poor results and the beckoning of Championship football at Bramall Lane.
Heckingbottom set for caretaker role
Former Hibernian and Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom is expected to step into the caretaker role, having been hired by the club as U23 manager in 2020.
The Barnsley-born man, who also spent a successful spell in charge with his hometown club, played for United’s Steel City rivals Sheffield Wednesday during his career but is highly-rated as a coach despite his spells with both the Hibbees and the Whites ending in unsuccessful circumstances.
Next in the running is former Celtic manager Neil Lennon who could be looking for a return to English football whilst both Frank Lampard and Eddie Howe are currently out of work having left Chelsea and Bournemouth respectively since the end of last season.
Should the likes of Lampard and Howe prove beyond United’s means, then they could look at the likes of Danny Cowley and Garry Monk, who are both available and have won plaudits for their work in the EFL, where the Blades are likely to be plying their trade next season. Read on for the next manager odds from Sky Bet.