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Howe and Lampard among the favourites for Sheffield United job

Paul Heckingbottom, Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard emerge as the favourites to replace Chris Wilder as Sheffield United manager… with the Blades boss set to depart TODAY

  • Wilder is set to leave Sheffield United TODAY with the Blades bottom of the table
  • Sheffield United are currently 12 points from safety with only 10 matches to play 
  • Paul Heckingbottom is the favourite to become the next Sheffield United boss
  • Also in the running are Eddie Howe and former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

Paul Heckingbottom, Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard are among the bookies’ favourites to replace Chris Wilder as Sheffield United manager, with the 53-year-old expected be sacked today. 

Sportsmail revealed earlier in March that Wilder’s position as Sheffield United boss was under ‘serious threat’ following numerous clashes with owner Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Wilder is now expected to be relieved of his duties following a breakdown in communication with the owners, due to a disagreement in their desire to appoint a director of football. 

Chris Wilder is expected to leave his role as Sheffield United manager as soon as TODAY

Up next for the Blades is a highly challenging trip to Leicester City on Sunday, with an FA Cup quarter-final clash against Chelsea to come a week later.

And while it’s understood that under-23s boss Paul Heckingbottom is set to take charge at the King Power stadium, Sheffield United must act fast. 

After a highly promising debut campaign in the Premier League, Sheffield Untied currently sit rock bottom, 12 points off safety with just 10 games to play. 

With that in mind, Sportsmail takes you through the favourites to replace Wilder as manager.  

U-23 coach Paul Heckingbottom is the favourite to take over as Sheffield United manager

Eddie Howe left Bournemouth by mutual consent after they were relegated last season

As you can see from the table above, it’s in fact Paul Heckingbottom who is the favourite to succeed Wilder as Blades boss. 

He has impressed as the coach of their under-23 side, where he has been since July 2020, following previous spells with Barnsley, Leeds and Hibs.  

Heckingbottom enjoyed a successful spell with Barnsley, leading them to League One promotion and winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2015-16. 

He left for Leeds in 2018, however, which proved a poor decision in the end, as he won just four of his 16 games in charge.

Heckingbottom was also sacked by Hibs after just nine months in charge, with the Scottish club sat in 10th place.  

Eddie Howe is the second-favourite to take over as Blades boss after Wilder’s impending exit

Alongside Heckingbottom is Eddie Howe, who is another strong candidate for the job. 

The Englishman proved highly successful throughout a lengthy spell at Bournemouth, in which he claimed three promotions in six years, taking the Cherries from League Two all the way to the Premier League. 

Bournemouth were relegated from Premier League last season, however, with Howe subsequently leaving the club by mutual consent. 

The 43-year-old, who remains without a club, managed Bournemouth in over 450 games over two spells, which combined span more than 10 years.  

Frank Lampard is also among the favourites to succeed Chris Wilder as Sheffield United boss

Another candidate that has emerged is Frank Lampard, who has only been out of a job for a couple of months following his Chelsea dismissal. 

Lampard was, of course, successful with Derby in hist first managerial spell, in which he guided them to the Play-Off finals in his first and only season with the club. 

The Blues legend was also a hit in his debut season with Chelsea, guiding them to fourth place in the Premier League, despite Eden Hazard’s exit and their transfer ban. 

However, it went sour for the former midfielder this season, as he was sacked in January with Chelsea sat in ninth place. 

Lampard’s successor Tuchel has remained unbeaten since his arrival. 

Wilder’s Sheffield United were a breath of fresh air in his debut season in the Premier League

Wilder first took charge of the Blades back in 2016 and enjoyed a highly successful first three years, in which he took Sheffield United from League One to the Premier League.  

It was quite the achievement for the Blades, who returned to England’s top flight for the first time since 2007.

In returning to the Premier League, Sheffield United’s attacking approach took many by surprise as they mounted a genuine challenge for the Europa League places. 

Their form took a drastic dip following the three-month lay-off due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, however, and they ended up finishing in ninth. 

Sheffield United have continued to struggle this season, and look certain to be relegated to the Championship once more, sat bottom of the table having won just four games and amounting 14 points in 28 games.    

Who actually will take over from Wilder remains to be seen, but you can expect a decision to be made fairly swiftly at this point of the season.  




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