This is how long Sheffield United have been waiting for a new manager after Chris Wilder left

It has been a long time in the making, but Sheffield United finally look to be closing in on a new manager.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 9:03 am

Who will take over the club has been on the minds of every fan since mid March, when Chris Wilder resigned to widespread heartbreak. It means it has now been 12 weeks since United had a permanent manager leading the team.

By contrast, the new leadership of Sheffield Council following an election that left it in no overall control took just two weeks. And a new President of the United States, once elected, needs two months to transfer to the role.

At United caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom has been in charge since then, and is the only person publicly named by officials at the club as being a contender to succeed Wilder.

Former Watford and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is also known to have been approached about the vacancy.

And Philippe Clement of Club Brugge boasts several admirers on the Bramall Lane board.

KV Oostende’s head coach Alexander Blessin, who was initially the favourite for the role, now appears destined to remain in Belgium because of complications involving his eligibility for a work permit.

It is now understood that Sheffield United have held a second round of talks with at least one of the managers on their shortlist of targets as they look to finalise the search for Chris Wilder’s replacement soon.

Paul Heckingbottom: Darren Staples / Sportimage
Slavisa Jokanovic is in the running for the Sheffield United job: Naomi Baker/Getty Images