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Let’s be honest, it’s been a miserable old time for Sheffield United fans watching their club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with the Championship looming ever closer in the rear-view mirrors.
The latest twist in a cruel campaign came on Friday morning as it emerged Blades fan Chris Wilder is set to leave his role as manager after picking up 14 points from 28 games this season. It’s a sad end to a generally brilliant spell as he guided the club from the humdrum of League One to the dizzying heights of ninth in the Premier League.
Barring a miracle to end all miracles, Sheffield United are heading back to the second tier and Wilder’s replacement has a massive job in turning the club’s fortunes back around. We’ve drawn up a market for Sheffield United’s next manager odds – but who is Paddy’s favourite?
Sheffield United’s Under-23s manager has been placed in caretaker charge and has previous experience in the Championship with Barnsley and Leeds United. Could the Blades look internally for a replacement?
The former Celtic manager left the Glasgow giants last month after a campaign of crushing lows and gaffes including a training trip to Dubai during a global pandemic. Neil Lennon has previous Championship knowledge from a spell in charge of Bolton Wanderers.
Howe about this for a potential replacement? A manager once touted for the top before relegation from the Premier League with Bournemouth prompted Eddie to leave the Cherries. He’s been linked with a string of jobs now he’s as free as a bird – could sunny Sheffield appeal?
A season that started with ambitions of leading Chelsea to Premier League glory after a summer spending spree, Frank Lampard now finds himself among the names in our list. He was booted from the Bridge in January after a poor first half of the season but his previous work in the Championship with Derby County won plenty of admirers.
A man who can label himself a Championship Promotion Expert after guiding West Brom to the top flight last year. The former Baggies boss wasted little time getting back into the game by taking the reins at Beijing Guoan three weeks after being axed from the Hawthorns.
‘What happened to the Cowley brothers?’ is a Google suggestion when you search for Danny’s brother Nicky. Well, the pair of them have been out of work since leaving Huddersfield at the end of last season.
The former Swansea manager has taken charge of four Championship clubs – four Championship clubs, Garry? Four? That’s insane – since leaving Premier League management in 2015. He was last seen presiding over Sheffield Wednesday before being given the chop in November 2020.
Another contender to tick the boxes of 1) having managed in the Premier League 2) having won promotion from the Championship. The glory days of Huddersfield seem a long time ago, however, after going 18 games without a win at Schalke before finally being axed.
The Chelsea legend is desperate to follow his pals Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard into a top job having learned his trade from Dean Smith at Aston Villa. It’d certainly be a gamble from the Blades to plump for an inexperienced, first-time manager.