By Wayne Veysey

25th Nov, 2021 | 10:32am

Sources: Heckingbottom to be appointed new Sheffield United manager

Paul Heckingbottom is set to be appointed interim Sheffield United manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Blades Under-23s manager has been lined up to take over for the second time this year after the decision to sack Slavisa Jokanovic.

A United source has told Football Insider that Jokanovic is set to be the latest managerial casualty in the Championship.

The club have decided to dismiss him and are set to temporarily hand the reins back to Heckingbottom, 44, while they search for a permanent replacement.

Jokanovic, who has won promotion to the Premier League with Watford and Fulham, was appointed as the successor to Chris Wilder in May following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

His departure comes less than 48 hours after United beat Reading 1-0 at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Tuesday night.

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Despite that win, the Blades sit a relatively lowly 16th in the Championship table on 23 points.

They were expected to take advantage of their parachute payment to mount a strong promotion challenge this season.

Jokanovic is set to be confirmed as the fifth Championship manager to leave this season.

There have been changes at Barnsley, Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough with Markus Schopp, Mick McCarthy, Chris Hughton and Neil Warnock all being dismissed.

It means Heckingbottom will take over for the second time this year.

The former Leeds United and Barnsley manager was in charge of the Under-23s when he replaced Wilder in March with the club already doomed.

He was considered for the manager’s position in the summer but ended up returning to his role with the youth team.

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