Next Sheffield United manager odds as senior Blades figure emerges as key front-runner

Friday morning brought the shock news that Chris Wilder looks set to leave his position as Sheffield United manager after a five-year spell at the club that saw him take them from League One to the dizzying heights of Premier League football.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 11:43 am
Bramall Lane. (Photo by Lee Smith- Pool/Getty Images)

A tough 2020/21 campaign has seen the Blades rooted to the foot of the table for much of the season, and despite recent claims from the club’s owners that they were hopeful of keeping hold of Wilder regardless of what division United are in next season, it would appear that their slump has ultimately led to the manager's departure.

U23s manager Paul Heckingbottom looks set to take the job on a caretaker basis while the Blades find the right man to take the club forward in the long-term.

Here's our rundown of the SkyBet's current front-runners for the job, ranked from the worst to best chance of becoming Sheffield United s next permanent boss:

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Current job: Unemployed. Last club: Sheffield Wednesday. Career win percentage: 38.4% (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Current job: Unemployed. Last club: Aberdeen. Career win percentage: 47.4% (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Current job: Rotherham United. Career win percentage: 34.2% (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)
Current job: Unemployed. Last job: Southampton. Career win percentage: 37.7% (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Current job: Beijing Guoan. Last club: West Bromwich Albion. Career win percentage: 46.3% (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Current job: Unemployed. Last club: Bournemouth. Career win percentage: 41% (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Current job: Unemployed. Last club: Schalke 04. Career win percentage: 33.5% (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Current job: SC Braga. Career win percentage: 40.8% (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)
Current job: Unemployed. Last club: Chelsea. Career win percentage: 48.2% (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Current job: Unemployed. Last club: Huddersfield Town. Career win percentage: 51.4% (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Current job: Sheffield United Sporting Director. Career win percentage: N/A. (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Current job: Unemployed. Last club: Celtic. Career win percentage: 58% (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Current job: Sheffield United U23s boss. Career win percentage: 34.6% (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)