Sheffield United have sacked Slavisa Djokanovic.
The former Fulham boss was hired by the Blades only in May.
But after an inconsistent start to the season, United have opted to get rid of – hiring last season’s caretaker Paul Heckingbottom on a permanent basis until 2026.
In a brutal article that has a picture of Hekingbottom instead of Djokanovic, the Serb is hardly mentioned.
There are no thanks for their efforts or any respectful parting words.
He wrote: “Sheffield United and Slavisa Djokanovic have split the company, with Paul Heckingbottom installed as the club’s football manager.
“Yorkshireman Heckingbottom take charge of the club’s football business shortly after agreeing a contract until the end of the 2025/26 season.
“He will start with major training at Randox Health Academy on Friday and will be in position for Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Bristol City.
“After several months of strategic planning and a lackluster start to the season, the Board decided that a change was in the best long-term interests of the club.”
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Djokanovic led Sheffield United in 22 games, winning eight, drawing six and losing eight.
Their last match in charge was a 1-0 win at Reading on Tuesday night.
In fact, they didn’t even lose last weekend, drawing 0-0 with fifth-placed Coventry.
The 53-year-old Djokanovic has an impressive CV at championship level – which has guided Watford and Fulham to promotion.
Former Barnsley, Leeds and Hibernian boss Heckingbottom, 44, returned after commanding the Blades’ final 11 games last season, losing eight of them.
Club President Youssef Gianciracusa said: “We look forward to starting a new era in Blade football with Paul.
“Paul has the personal leadership qualities and technical football skills that the Board feels are essential to successfully implementing the Board’s strategic directives.
Paul’s style and ethos matches the style of the club and we will support that where possible
Blades CEO Stephen Betis
“He shares our values and interest in player development, as well as the ambition and determination to make the most out of our current squad.
“We are confident that Paul will play a leading role in improving all aspects of football operations.”
CEO Stephen Betis said: “Disappointingly, after a slow start, we haven’t seen an improvement in results, performance and we would have liked to be in a better league position.
“A decision has been made and it is important now that we look ahead, Paul’s style and ethos matches that of the club and we will support him where possible.
“We have enough league games left, we know we have the ability and resources within our playing squad to pick up points and climb up the league table.”
The Blades are currently 16th – eight points from the playoffs and eight points above the relegation zone.
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