Although it is yet to be officially confirmed, multiple credible sources in England have reported the imminent sacking of Paul Heckingbottom from Sheffield United.
The Blades are currently dead-last in the Premier League with five points after 14 matches, having recorded one win, two draws and 11 losses. Heckingbottom led Sheffield United to promotion last term but could not cope with the increased level of competition in the first division.
In light of the emerging rumours, the next Sheffield United manager odds have become available. The names may serve as an indication for what is to come next at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield United Next Manager Betting List
Chris Wilder, who coached the Blades for five years, is the frontrunner in the Sheffield United next manager odds. The full list includes other managers with a past at Bramall Lane, although the media has so far only linked Wilder with the pending vacancy.
|Sheffield United Next Manager
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Christ Wilder has a long and illustrious history with Sheffield United. The former right-back started his playing career with the Blades in 1986 and would spend the next six seasons at Bramall Lane. In 1998/99, he returned to the club for a second stint.
In 2016, after various successes in the lower leagues, he was appointed head manager by the Blades, then in League One. He instantly led Sheffield to victory in the third tier with a club-record 100 points, earning promotion to the EFL Championship.
Promotion to the Premier league followed at the end of 2018/19 when the Blades finished as runner-ups. In the first season back in the top division, Sheffield United finished in ninth, which was a club-best in almost 20 years. Unfortunately, with his side bottom of the table, Wilder left Bramall Lane by mutual consent in March 2021.
Wilder has worked with Middlesbrough and Watford following his departure from Sheffield, although his success was more limited. He left the Hornets at the end of 2022/23 on contract expiry and has been on the job market since.
Another man in the running to become the next Sheffield United manager but who has a past with the Blades is Neil Warnock. The 75-year-old left Huddersfield Town earlier this season but revealed he was not going to retire just yet.
Warnock’s spell with Sheffield United came between 1999 and 2007. He gradually made the Blades a solid EFL Championship side before finally winning promotion to the Premier League at the end of 2005/06 as runner-ups. Sheffield had a decent season in the top division but got relegated back after a final day loss to direct competitors Wigan Athletic. The Englishman departed Bramall Lane at the end of the term.
A veteran of the game, Warnock holds the record for most matches managed at the top level in England (over 1,600) and for the most promotions won, with eight. He was able to save Huddersfield from relegation last term, but the job at Sheffield will certainly be more demanding.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The first name on the next Sheffield United manager odds list with no particular links to the club is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian has been out of work ever since leaving Manchester United in 2021, and his return to football is long overdue.
Solskjaer proved himself as an apt crisis manager during his time at Old Trafford when he inherited a chaotic team from Jose Mourinho. Under his command, the Red Devils were able to achieve back-to-back finishes inside the top three for the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. The 50-year-old also led Man United to an UEFA Europa League final in 2020/21 which was lost to Villarreal. Solskjaer was dismissed the following season with his team suffering a dip in performances.
His tactical flexibility allowed Solskjaer to improve the team’s results without significant investments into the squad, something which would be crucial at Sheffield United mid-season. In his earlier days with Molde, Solskjaer won two league titles and made a name for himself as an attack-oriented, modern coach.
Graham Potter’s latest experience was with Chelsea in 2022/23, and it did not go too well, with the Englishman fired towards the end of the term. The Blues never played the smart, high-intensity football which Potter instilled at his previous clubs. Nevertheless, the 48-year-old remains a sought-after manager due to his past experience.
Potter’s most memorable spell came with Brighton between 2019 and 2022. He made the Albion a solid mid-table club in the Premier League, and the finish in ninth spot in 2021/22 was the club’s highest ever in the top division. It was his performances at Falmer Stadium that prompted Chelsea to pay Brighton £16 million in order to hire him.
Prior, Potter coached Swansea City in the EFL Championship, Ostersund in Sweden and Leeds Carnegie in the non-football divisions. He won three promotions with Ostersund, bringing them to the top division in 2016, and won the Swedish Cup in 2016/17.
Although Potter would certainly be a great appointment for the Blades, they may face difficulties in convincing him to take charge of a relegation-threatened team. Given his CV, the Englishman may decide to wait for better offers to arrive.
Although he was one of the best players of his generation, Frank Lampard’s managerial career has been rather underwhelming, especially the recent years.
Lampard’s first coaching experience was with Derby County in the EFL Championship in 2018/19. The former England international took the Rams to promotion play-offs but was narrowly defeated in the final by Aston Villa.
That season was enough to win him an invitation to Chelsea where he had a decent debut year, finishing in top four and reaching the FA Cup final. However, disappointing results in the following season resulted in his dismissal from Stamford Bridge when the Blues were ninth in the Premier League.
Lampard would go on to work at Everton. He won just 12 of the 44 matches in charge of the Toffees as his team was constantly at threat of relegation. At the end of 2022/23, Lampard returned to Chelsea on an interim basis only to record one win, two draws and eight losses in 11 matches. He has been job hunting since then, frequently linked with openings in the EFL Championship.