Sheffield United: Blackwell interests League One rivals

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Former Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell could be offered the chance to take charge of League One rivals Leyton Orient.

The London club, who parted company with Russell Slade after losing their Capital One Cup tie against Nigel Clough’s side last week, have included Blackwell on their short list following talks between owner Francesco Bechetti and his sporting director Mauro Milanese.

Blackwell, who accepted a position on Neil Warnock’s backroom staff at Crystal Palace earlier this term, spent two years in charge of United before leaving Bramall Lane in 2010.

However, despite Orient’s interest, it remains unclear whether the 55-year-old is prepared to leave Selhurst Park so soon after being appointed.

Slade, who also counts a spell at Bramall Lane on his CV, tendered his resignation earlier this month and is poised to take charge of Cardiff City.

Micky Adams, another of Clough’s predecessors, is also thought to be in the frame to succeed Slade while Orient caretaker Kevin Nugent has expressed his interest in the post.

Adams, most recently of Port Vale, is the present favourite to fill the vacancy.