Sheffield United: Unlike Middlesbrough's Neil Warnock, Slavisa Jokanovic will be happy with his team's midweek schedule

Neil Warmock, now in charge of Middlesbrough, has criticised the Championship fixture planners for failing to take into account the midweek journeys that followers of his own team face during the forthcoming campaign.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:02 pm

But his former club Sheffield United, where Slavisa Jokanovic is preparing to officially take charge next week, will be broadly satisfied with their schedule outside of the traditional Saturday slots.

United will make round trips totalling 1274 miles before completing their season with a home game against Fulham - the team Jokanovic led to promotion three years ago - in May.

The longest of those against Reading at the Madejski Stadium - takes place in November. The second most arduous journey - April’s assignment with Bristol City - takes place on a Bank Holiday; which should make it easier for fans to attend and also for Jokanovic to prepare his squad properly, with a 72 hour gap between that match and Good Friday’s return game against their rivals from Berkshire.

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Sheffield United face several midweek trips away from Bramall Lane
Sheffield United face several midweek trips away from Bramall Lane

The others appear relatively straight-forward, logistically speaking at least.

United’s first midweek away match is set to be against West Bromwich Albion before they head north to face Warnock’s men a month later, on September 28.

After that, they face a short round trip to Nottingham Forest before, having returned from the Madejski Stadium, completing the 180 mile jaunt to Blackpool.

Preston North End, Millwall, Hull City, West Brom and Blackburn Rovers are all set to travel to Bramall Lane in midweek, with fans of the Londoners the most inconvenienced.