By Paddy Kenny

27th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Kenny can't believe the contract Sheffield United have handed Heckingbottom

Paddy Kenny claims Sheffield United should have offered new manager Paul Heckingbottom a much shorter contract.

The former Blades stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, isn’t impressed with the appointment after looking through Heckingbottom’s managerial record.

Sheffield United confirmed Slavisa Jokanovic, 53, had left the club on Thursday afternoon.

This was swiftly followed by the announcement of Heckingbottom, 44, as the club’s new manager on a four and a half year deal.

Kenny has admitted he doesn’t understand why the club have given Heckingbottom such a long contract.

“I expected the new manager to be given a much shorter deal,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“An 18-month deal would get him to the end of the season then another year if things have gone well.

“I have done some research and looked at his record, he got something like a 25% win record.

“He was at Leeds and Barnsley and in fairness, I think his record was a bit better at Hibernian.

“But he’s been sacked from all of these jobs. He was barely there at Leeds.

“It’s a strange decision for me but at the end of the day, I’m a Sheffield United fan and he has my backing.

“I hope he proves everyone wrong and gets us back towards the promotion places.”

Sheffield United sit 16th in the Championship table after beating Reading 1-0 on Tuesday.

They are next in action against Bristol City at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon.

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