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Sheffield United confirm new manager after sacking Heckingbottom

Bramall Lane, Sheffield United
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The struggles Blades have made a quick changeover in the dugout in a bid to boost their hopes of survival in the Premier League.

Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah has confirmed Paul Heckingbottom’s dismissal as the manager.

Chris Wilder, who previously coached the Blades between 2016 and 2021, has replaced Heckingbottom. The returning manager faces a daunting new challenge at Bramall Lane. Sheffield United sit bottom of the Premier League with just five points, having lost 11 of their 14 games.

“Chris is very optimistic he can save the season,” Prince Abdullah said on talkSPORT.

“He doesn’t think it’s easy, but he thinks it’s still possible.”

As for sacking Heckingbottom, Prince Abdullah admitted he had ‘mixed emotions’ over the decision.

Yet, given the club’s poor form and Wilder’s past achievements, he felt it was a decision he had to make.

“I felt like after the last few games it was a necessary decision,” Prince Abdullah said of Heckingbottom’s dismissal.

“The replacement has done great things for the club and knows the club, so I feel good about the decision in one way but I have a tremendous respect for Paul.”

Sheffield United will next face second-placed Liverpool at Bramall Lane on Wednesday.

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