Paul Heckingbottom has been confirmed as Sheffield United’s (13/2 – Championship Promotion) new manager following the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic.

Former Watford and Fulham boss Jokanovic was appointed as United’s new chief in May this year, putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal to become the club’s first overseas manager.

However, the 53-year-old struggled during his time at Bramall Lane, winning just six of his 19 league matches in charge, and the club decided to part ways with the Serbian despite the team picking up a 1-0 win at Reading last time out.

Jokanovic has been replaced by Heckingbottom, who ended last season in caretaker charge of the Blades as they were relegated from the Premier League, and the 44-year-old’s first game at the helm will be Sunday’s home clash with Bristol City (United 8/15, Draw 16/5, City 11/2 – Match Betting).

In a statement confirming the change in personnel, Blades chief executive Stephen Bettis said: “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.”

Former Sheffield United player and coach Stuart McCall has left Blackpool to join Heckingbottom as his number two, while former Blades striker Jack Lester has been appointed head of player development.

The Steel City outfit are sitting 16th in the Championship, eight points clear of the relegation zone and eight points adrift of the final playoff position, which is currently held by Stoke City.

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