The Blades’ relegation was finally confirmed on Saturday night following their defeat to Wolves, but just who will be in charge next season is yet to be seen. Paul Heckingbottom was put in charge for the rest of the campaign following the departure of Chris Wilder and has since been joined by former AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall.
And speaking on the TalkSport Gameday podcast (48:55), Crook gave an update on what the situation is and felt that whilst there hasn’t been too much wrong with the current managerial team, the club might still look for someone outside the current set up, and possibly even further afield:
“Listen, my understanding is that Jason [Tindall] went up there as a favour to the chief executive. Having got to know him a few years earlier… they wanted an outside voice to come in, a lot of clubs seem to go that way. I don’t think they’ve got any worse under Heckingbottom and Tindall barring that one disastrous game against Leicester. I haven’t got a clue where they’ll go to be honest. I’d imagine they might look for an overseas coach; that seems to be the trend even in the Championship now.”
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Sheffield United’s next manager is probably going to be dictated by what the club want to achieve and their timetable for doing it.
If they are solely focused on getting back to the Premier League as quickly as possible, then they might want to bring in someone who will give them a chance straight away, similar to ex-Blade Neil Warnock with his track record of promotion. Or if they are willing to be patient and bring in someone with a long-term project in mind that might not get them up straight away, but make them contenders, then a continental manager might be more their choice.
And with former Blades forward Brian Deane thinking (TalkSport Daily Podcast via This Is Futbol) that the club is likely to stick together over the summer, logic would dictate they would lean towards the former option in hopes of getting the job done as quickly as possible.