Sheffield United are told what to expect from Oostende if they approach Alexander Blessin

KV Oostende will refuse to concede an inch during compensation negotiations with Sheffield United if Alexander Blessin becomes the English club’s new manager, sources in Belgium have indicated, as officials at Bramall Lane consider making an official approach for the 47-year-old.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 6:00 am

Chien Lee, Oostende’s owner and also Barnsley’s major shareholder, handed Blessin a 24 month long contract when he was appointed in June.

Although the German’s deal is likely to stipulate how much anyone attempting to acquire his services must pay if they want to break that agreement, Blessin’s impact since taking charge will persuade Lee and his colleagues to adopt an aggressive stance towards any potential negotiations.

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With United continuing to assess the credentials of those hoping to replace Chris Wilder at the helm following his departure last month, those tasked with identifying the two time promotion winner’s successor have another potential hurdle to overcome if they opt for Blessin.

Having only arrived at Oostende 10 months ago, following a long spell working with RB Leipzig’s youth and development squads, Blessin could struggle to meet the criteria for a Governing Body Endorsement; a requirement for non-British nationals looking to fill key positions in English football post-Brexit. The same rules apply to members of Blessin’s backroom staff at the Verluys Arena.

Beerschot, United’s sister club, face Oostende in a crucial JPL encounter this weekend, as Blessin’s team looks to qualify for the play-offs.

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Oostende's head coach Alexander Blessin interests Sheffield United: KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images
Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and the club's owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud: Simon Bellis/Sportimage