The replacement for Chris Wilder wants a £4m deal at Sheffield United; with reports stating that it would cost the club £75k a week.
The Blades will have to offer candidate Slavisa Jokanovic an eye-watering £4 million-a-year contract if they want to lure the former Fulham and Watford boss back to the Championship.
If they are hoping to ‘do a Norwich’ and bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking next season, Jokanovic have proved that he could be the man to fill in for Chris Wilder on the touchline at Bramall Lane.
The former Watford and Fulham chief has won two promotions from the second tier of English football and apparently United want him in.
Jokanovic guided Fulham to victory over Aston Villa at the 2018 play-off final, three years after guiding Watford to automatic promotion.
The 52-year-old is currently out in Qatar with Al-Gharafa on a lucrative deal, so it would be very expensive to get him in.
The Serbian manager is earning £2.5 million a year after tax in the Middle East, however reports state that Sheffield United would have to match that figure (amounting to about £4 million a year or £75,000 a week) to lure him in.
Alexander Blessin is expected to leave KV Oostende imminently however. United see him as their number one candidate but want to hire him with immediate effect say voetbal24.
Alexander Blessin is expected to leave KV Oostende imminently. United see Blessin as their #1 candidate. There was some thought that the Blades would wait until the end of the season, but United want to hire him with immediate effect. [voetbal24]#twitterblades #sufc pic.twitter.com/ibIvfMWblw
— The Bladesman (@The_Bladesman) April 5, 2021
Out of work manager Chris Wilder has told his former club Sheffield United who they should appoint next to replace him.
The Celtic and Newcastle linked 53 year old has told the Blades to go for Swansea City boss Steve Cooper as his replacement.
Wilder left his position as Blades boss last month, bringing an end to his dream spell in charge of the club having guided them to the Premier League after taking charge in League One.
A boyhood United fan did what a lot of supporters have said an unbelievable job at Bramall Lane, but has now moved on as the Blades look to prepare for life back in the second tier of English football.
The South Yorkshire outfit will now look for a replacement, and it’s claimed that they took the surprise decision of asking Wilder for a recommendation on who should succeed him.
Wilder allegedly told them to go for Steve Cooper of Swansea, who may move on if he doesn’t guide Swansea to the Premier League this season, especially with other top flight teams looking at him.
Cooper is attracting heavy interest and won’t come cheap, but Wilder is clearly impressed by what the Swans boss has done at the Liberty Stadium despite a sudden turn in bad form as the season’s end comes closer.
Of the 93 games the 41-year-old has been in charge of, he’s won 43 for the Welsh outfit, and has a strong coaching background with Liverpool and in the England youth setup.
Cooper is known for playing a 3-5-2 formation, the same as Wilder, and that may appeal to the Blades in terms of minimising upheaval.
Fans reacted after seeing that Alexander Blessin could become their new manager whilst potential Wilder replacement Jokanovic wants a £4m deal at Sheffield United; which would cost the club £75k a week…
@FLOOD83: Got balls of steel if he gonna take it before end of season
@UpYourFidelity: Gives him more time to understand the squad.
@MikeSimo23: Will he be a Blessin in disguise 🤦🏼♂️
@KerrieRoebuck: I’d take anyone rather than Karl Robinson or Neil Lennon. The fact that he will be our first foreign manager intrigues me.
@nedlyl25: I’d actually be optimistic about his appointment. An untested name, but one with clear potential, and could defo harness the strength of the youth, that we have access to
@8LAD35: The more I read about him, the more I think yeah, go for it. Of course, he would stand or fall on results, same as anyone else.
@jagref74: Optimistic about this, as others have said he can look at the players he wants to keep and hopefully bring some of the decent youngsters through. Be optimistic Blades, it’s not Robinson, Terry, Pardew et al
@JamieSpencer92: Glad we’re not looking at John Terry
@SheffUtd25: Thank fuck! He needs to look at the players we have and make his own assessment on who stays and who goes
@RachelB97062555: Rather him than Jokanovic. Sounds like a good manager, plus he’ll be cheap.
@Of1889R: Really happy if this is true .Can have a lot more time now to look at the players and a full summer to hopefully hit the ground running next season.
@mattchadwick7: Unsure about this one tbf after looking at his record, hope he proves me wrong though ⚔️
@_cameronlambert: Get him in now. Let’s see who he wants to keep and go and we will really see who wants to be at our club
@jonatha04479660: I don’t know much about Alexander Blessin , but as a fan of a great club we need to get behind him and give him a chance . You never know he might just be what we need
@1984_mjb: Comes in, wins last 8. Blades survive. Club legend. Simples.
@1JonDavies1988: Wouldn’t fetch him in now, agree it let him watch from a distance. Start fresh in summer #sufc
@CallumHobson__: HMS Piss the Championship is ready to set sail
@BladeSospan: His players speak highly of him and the training sounds full on / intense. Rather have an unknown like this than a Neil Lennon type. Blessin hasn’t got a rep to live up to over here.
@AlexJamesCook_: Makes most sense. Let’s him have a look at the squad, see the players he wants to build around for next season and get a decent idea of how he wants to approach recruitment
@Jamiemchale72: From what I’ve read and watch I like him, he’s versatile, open minded and not afraid to change. Something Wilder possibly wasn’t.