Fri 28 May 2021 | 16:53

Jokanovic took over at Sheffield United

Slavisa Jokanovic became Chris Wilder’s permanent successor at Sheffield United.

Chris Wilder

was in charge of

Sheffield United

for five years during which he was able to take them from League One to ninth place in the

Premier League

, however, he could not keep the Blades in the top flight this season and left the club, according to

Sky Sports


Paul Heckingbottom

was then in charge as an interim coach until former Fulham manager

Slavisa Jokanovic

signed a three-year deal and took over the charge from him.

"I'm excited to work in English football again and I'm looking forward to getting started with the players and staff, as well as meeting our passionate, loyal supporters as we prepare for the challenge in the Championship," Jokanovic said.

"I want to assure our amazing fans that we're fully committed to helping the team achieve its goals and make you feel proud. With your support, we can make Bramall Lane a fortress and I have no doubt that your voice will make a big difference to the team after so long without you last season.

"Let's work together to get Sheffield United back to where the club belongs.”

Jokanovic was able to lead Watford to the Premier League in 2015 as Championship runners-up to Bournemouth and it was before steering Fulham to promotion via the play-offs in 2018.

He then took over the charge at Al-Gharafa in 2019. During his time in Qatar, he was able to guide his side to fourth in the Qatari League and a place in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League.

Wilder, who is a lifelong Blades fan, is on a shortlist of managers to take over at West Brom who is one of Sheffield United’s fiercest competitors.

Sky Sports News reporter Tim Thornton:

"Two-and-a-half months after the departure of Chris Wilder, Sheffield United have got their new first team manager. Jokanovic comes in on a three-year contract. He's been managing in Qatar since 2019 but he's someone with a proven track record in the Championship having already gained promotion at Watford and Fulham.

"It's been an exhaustive process according to the club's owner Prince Abdullah but an important decision to get the right man in as Sheffield United look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

"The club also paid tribute to Paul Heckingbotom for the fine job he did in steadying the ship over the past couple of months, but the focus is now very much on the future and whether Jokanovic can keep this squad together and build for next season."

source: SportMob

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