NS Skybet Championship The club announced the departure of Jokanovich in his role on Thursday only six months later.
Blade also confirmed that Heckingbottom, who had the spell as a caretaker manager last season, agreed to a deal until the end of the 2025-26 season.
A statement on the club’s website said: “After months of strategic planning and a poor start to the season, the board has decided that the change is in the club’s best long-term interests.”
The 53-year-old Yokanovich became Blade’s first overseas manager in May when he took office as a permanent successor to Chris Wilder.Wilder left at the bottom of the Premier League club in March
Jokanovich, who previously led the British clubs Watford and Fulham to promotion, wanted to return the club that was demoted in the first attempt to the Premier League.
However, the Serbs, who signed a three-year contract, won only six of the 19 league games, and despite a 1-0 victory in Reading on Tuesday, United was eight points away from the playoffs. It remains in 16th place.
As a result, the club has returned to Hecking Bottom, a former Barnsley, Leeds and Hibernian manager. Hecking Bottom prepares for Sunday’s Bristol City Championship visit.
Chairman Yusuf Jan Syracuse said: Paul has personal leadership qualities and technical football skills that he feels are essential to the successful implementation of the Board’s strategic directives.
“He shares our values and interests in player development, with the ambition and determination to make the most of the current team. We see Paul in every aspect of football management. I am confident that it will play a leading role in improving. “
Hecking Bottom will be joined by his assistant manager, Stuart McCall, and former United player Jack Leicester will be responsible for player development.
Chief Executive Officer Stephen Betis said:
“The decision has been made. It’s important that we look forward to it now. Paul’s style and spirit are in line with that of the club and will support him as much as possible.
“There is still plenty of league play left. We know that the play team has the ability and resources to score points and start climbing the league table.”
Paul Heckingbottom: Sheffield United replaces manager Slaviša Jokanovich
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