14 games into the 2023/24 campaign, the Premier League appears set to lose its first manager.
Paul Heckingbottom is set to become the first Premier League manager to be sacked.
The 46-year-old has overseen a disastrous return to the English top-flight for Sheffield United. The Blades are bottom of the standings, with only five points in their opening 14 matches. Their humbling 5-0 loss in Burnley on Saturday left them five points outside the safety zone. They also have the worst attacking and defensive records, having scored 11 goals and conceded 39.
According to The Telegraph, Sheffield United decided to dismiss Heckingbottom on Monday. Former Blades manager Chris Wilder is expected to replace the Englishman in the dugout.
At the time of writing, Sheffield United have made no official statement on Heckingbottom’s alleged dismissal nor Wilder’s apparent return.
Heckingbottom has been the permanent head coach of the Yorkshire-based club since November 2021. He has overseen 98 games in the Bramall Lane dugout. He has collected 48 victories, 16 draws, and 32 defeats.
Last season, Heckingbottom led Sheffield United to a second-place finish in the Championship. The result secured automatic promotion for the club, ending a two-year absence from the Premier League.
The bottom-placed Blades will welcome Liverpool to Bramall Lane on Wednesday for their next match.