Appointing Slavisa Jokanovic as new boss shows "global reach" of Sheffield United, says key board member at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United chief executive Stephen Bettis believes Slavisa Jokanović’s decision to accept the invitation to be their new manager shows “the continued global reach” of the Blades.

By Danny Hall
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 1:20 pm

Jokanović was today confirmed as Chris Wilder’s successor at Bramall Lane, signing a three-year deal after his time in Qatar comes to an end.

The 52-year-old becomes the Blades’ first ever permanent foreign manager, and has previous pedigree in the Championship having led both Fulham and Watford to the Premier League.

“In Slaviša we have appointed a manager who would have been on the radar of many clubs across the world, and we believe his decision to come to Bramall Lane shows the continued global reach of the football club,” Bettis said.

“It was clear from early in the conversations between the club, Slaviša and his representatives that there was a desire to make this deal happen, despite the complications of working in the pandemic, and we are delighted that the contract is signed to enable everyone to fully prepare for next season.”

The Serb has managed Al-Gharafa SC in Qatar since 2019, and has previously taken charge of Partizan in his home country.

Jokanović described himself as “honoured” to become the next Blades boss and admitted he was excited to work in England again.

Slavisa Jokanovic is the new manager of Sheffield United: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

“I’m grateful to Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Yusuf Giansiracusa and Stephen Bettis for trusting in me to start this new chapter for the Blades,” he added.

“We all share the same long-term vision, passion and ambition for Sheffield United.

“I’m looking forward to getting started with the players and staff, as well as meeting our passionate, loyal supporters as we prepare for the challenge in the Championship.

“I want to assure our amazing fans that we’re fully committed to helping the team achieve its goals and make you feel proud.

“With your support, we can make Bramall Lane a fortress and I have no doubt that your voice will make a big difference to the team after so long without you last season.

“Let’s work together to get Sheffield United back to where the club belongs.”