Sheffield United made a “weird” decision when they elected not to pursue Slavisa Jokanovic for the vacant managerial post at Bramall Lane. 

That is according to ex-Blades shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after club CEO Stephen Bettis delivered a major update on the manager search.

He revealed that the Blades have narrowed the list of possible candidates down to five, with interim manager Paul Heckingbottom the only confirmed name.

“We have spoken to a number of potential candidates, both in this country and abroad,” the chief exec disclosed.

But Yorkshire Live report that ex-Fulham and Watford manager Jokanovic is not among that number.

Kenny admitted he was baffled by the decision not to include a manager of the 52-year-old’s pedigree.

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He asked Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Why would you not want someone like him involved?

“He’s got two promotions in the Championship already. They are definitely going to need experience if they are going to bounce straight back up again.

“We don’t know if he ruled himself out. If he has, that would explain why he isn’t on the shortlist.

“But if he hasn’t, I don’t know why you wouldn’t have him there. That seems weird to me.”

Jokanovic currently manages Qatari said Al-Ghafara SC and has overseen eight clubs in seven different countries throughout his career.

Already-relegated United have been without a permanent manager since long-standing boss Chris Wilder left his role in March.

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