EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield United add new name to shortlist for next manager

Date published: Friday 26th March 2021 7:02 - Graeme Bailey

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Former Fulham assistant Javier Pereira has emerged as a candidate to take charge of Sheffield United.

The Blades and their owner Prince Abdullah are looking for a new manager after parting company with Chris Wilder earlier this month.

The club are on the brink of being relegated from the Premier League with former Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom currently in caretaker charge.

United have been inundated with interest from candidates and they are keen to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

One name they are particularly interested in is believed to be Pereira – who was former number two to Slavisa Jokanovic, who himself has been linked to the role.

Pereira was assistant to Jokanovic at Watford, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Fulham. He then served as Assistant Director of Football Operations at Craven Cottage before being appointed manager of Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye.

Pereira’s reputation of a being a top-class coach has been backed up by numerous managers and United are understood to have been hugely impressed by the reports they have got back on him.

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Prince Abdullah discusses Wilder exit

Meanwhile, Prince Abdullah has been speaking about Wilder’s departure recently.

The owner admitted that Wilder tried to resign twice from the club before actually being allowed to leave – and asked the Blades for £4million compensation.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Abdullah revealed all was not as it seemed behind the scenes. He has now revealed the discussions held over Wilder’s exit – and has revealed why he was unhappy with his recruitment.

READ MOREPrince Abdullah reveals all on Chris Wilder exit and £4m compensation bid

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