Sheffield United: No plans to immediately replace India bound coach

Sheffield United have no plans to immediately replace Aidy Boothroyd, who has left his position with the club’s academy to pursue an opportunity in India.

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The former Watford and England under-21’s head coach is expected to be officially unveiled as Jamshedpur FC’s new manager, after agreeing terms with the Super League club.

Boothroyd joined United midway through last season, becoming a mentor and consultant to staff working within their youth programme. Although Mick Wadsworth performed a similar role before the 51-year-old’s appointment, Bramall Lane’s hierarchy will take their time before deciding whether to seek out a successor.

Sheffield United and Aidy Boothroyd have parted company: Simon Bellis / Sportimage

Derek Geary, who now directs United’s development system, is expected to be asked for his views alongside manager Paul Heckingbottom. He previously served as under-23’s coach before taking charge of first team affairs in November, being handed a wide-ranging brief to shape the entire club’s footballing strategy by owners United World.

Some of those players Boothroyd oversaw at international level are expected to be on display in September, when the Young Lions face Germany at United’s home stadium.

Former England coach Aidy Boothroyd. is heading to India: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Having also completed spells with Colchester, Coventry City and Northampton Town, Boothroyd helped Ian Baraclough prepare for Northern Ireland’s recent Nations League games against Greece, Cyprus and Kosovo. United defender George Baldock was a member of the Greek squad which triumphed 1-0 at Windsor Park earlier this month.

He is among a crop of players expected to be granted a break before the start of the new season, which will see United attempt to regain the Premier League status they surrendered two seasons ago.