Paul Heckingbottom is appointed new Sheffield United boss

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Paul Heckingbottom is appointed new Sheffield United boss on a four-and-a-half year deal as the Blades turn to former interim manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic with the club languishing in 16th in the Championship

Sheffield United have appointed Paul Heckinbottom as their new managerThe Blades handed Slavisa Jokanovic the sack after a torrid start to the seasonThe Serb, 53, became the Yorkshire club’s first overseas manager last summerHeckingbottom was the club’s temporary boss last season and is now full-time 

Paul Heckingbottom has been appointed as Sheffield United’s new manager after the club parted ways with Slavisa Jokanovic with the Championship side languishing in 16th place this season.

Former Watford and Fulham boss Jokanovic was named Chris Wilder’s replacement last summer and tasked with rebuilding the Blades after a torrid campaign that saw them relegated from the top flight.

The 53-year-old signed a three-year deal, becoming the club’s first overseas manager. His impressive tenures with the Hornets and Cottagers left fans optimistic that he could get the Blades straight back up. 

Paul Heckingbottom has been appointed Sheffield United’s new boss with the club struggling

Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked by Sheffield United after a poor start to the campaign

Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked by Sheffield United after a poor start to the campaign

However, a lacklustre start to the campaign has seen the Yorkshire club take decisive action. Sportsmail understands that relations between the Blades and Jokanovic have been fractious for weeks, and he left the club on Thursday morning.

Just a few hours later, United announced the appointment of Heckingbottom, who took temporary charge of the club following Wilder’s sacking last term. His record during his interim stint reads three wins and eight losses from eleven matches. 

‘Paul Heckingbottom has been installed as the club’s football manager,’ a club statement read. 

‘Heckingbottom will bring in a number of coaches to support his role, including Jack Lester, who becomes head of player development, and Stuart McCall, who is the new assistant manager.’

The Blades are languishing in 16th in the Championship and have won one of their last five ties

The Blades are languishing in 16th in the Championship and have won one of their last five ties

Morgan Gibbs-White has starred but Jokanovic is set to depart after talks with the club

Morgan Gibbs-White has starred but Jokanovic is set to depart after talks with the club

United’s 1-0 win over strugglers Reading on Tuesday night was their first league victory in five games, and they currently sit eight points adrift of the play-off spots.  

The Blades made several high-profile loan signings in the summer, with Morgan Gibbs-White joining from Wolves for the season, as well as Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane. 

Liverpool defender Ben Davies also joined for the season, as did former Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen, from Roma. 

United have been without several key players due to injury this season. Jack O’Connell, Oli McBurnie and Sander Berge have all been sidelined for lengthy spells.  

Heckingbottom won three of his eleven matches when he was in temporary charge of the club

Heckingbottom won three of his eleven matches when he was in temporary charge of the club

Jokanovic’s injury woes were made worse at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night after John Fleck collapsed on the pitch unchallenged. 

The Scotland international was taken off on a stretcher after lengthy treatment on the pitch and spent the night in the Royal Berkshire Hospital. 

He has now been allowed home and the club said in a statement that ‘medical staff will continue to monitor him closely.’  

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