Following the departure of Slaviša Jokanović, Sheffield United have confirmed the appointment of former caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom, who has signed a deal until the 2025/26 season. Heckingbottom arrives with a mountain of a climb ahead in search of instant promotion back to the Premier League. The Blades currently sit 16th – eight points away from the play-off places.
Heckingbottom’s first game in charge will be against a Bristol City fresh off the back of ending Stoke City’s three game unbeaten run. With the Robins only behind Sheffield United on goal difference, it is crucial that Heckingbottom’s side get off to a good start under new management.
Sheffield United Confirm Paul Heckingbottom Appointment
The new boss, Paul Heckingbottom. ✍️ pic.twitter.com/2EDz61lsiq
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) November 25, 2021
What Was Said?
Following the appointment, chairman Yusuf Giansiracusa said via the club website: “We look forward to embarking on a new era in Blades football with Paul at the helm. Paul possesses the personal leadership qualities and technical football skills the board feels are essential to successfully implement the board’s strategic directives. He shares our values and interest in player development while also possessing the ambition and determination to get the most out of our current squad. We are convinced that Paul will play a leading role in improving all aspects of football operations.”
Stephen Bettis, the chief executive officer, also commented: “Disappointingly, after a slow start, we have not seen an improvement in results, performances and we’d prefer to be in a better league position. A decision has been made and now it is important that we look forward, Paul’s style and ethos matches that of the club and we will support him where possible. We have enough league games remaining, we know we have the ability and resources within our playing squad to start picking up points and climbing the league table.”
The Blades will now hope to undergo an instant transition into a side closer to matching their ambitions.
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