Sheffield United has decided to dismiss Paul Heckingbottom from his position as manager, with plans to bring back Chris Wilder.

Sheffield United have chosen to separate from manager Paul Heckingbottom after a disappointing beginning to their Premier League season. The team, which was recently promoted, currently sits at the bottom of the standings with only one win out of 14 games.

Heckingbottom’s last straw occurred during a humiliating 5-0 loss against fellow newcomers Burnley during the weekend. This outcome served as the deciding factor for the club, resulting in Heckingbottom becoming the first Premier League manager to be dismissed this season. Before the club officially confirmed it, Prince Abdullah, the owner of Sheffield United, announced that former Blades manager Chris Wilder is expected to come back as Heckingbottom’s successor. Prince Abdullah praised Wilder, emphasizing his deep connection to the club and his significant role in Sheffield United’s past. Wilder had previously led the Blades for five years before being let go in early 2021 due to the team’s position at the bottom of the Premier League standings. Later that year, Heckingbottom assumed the role of manager and skillfully led the team back to the Premier League by securing a second-place position in the Championship.

Unfortunately, their prospects of remaining in the top division were hindered before the season began due to the departure of crucial players, namely Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge. This significantly weakened their team and heightened the difficulty of their objective.

In a statement regarding Heckingbottom’s departure, CEO Stephen Bettis expressed appreciation for the manager’s dedication and professionalism. Nevertheless, he recognized the necessity for a modification to invigorate the club and enhance their prospects of staying in the Premier League after this campaign.

Sheffield United is currently searching for a fresh manager and aims to have someone appointed before their upcoming game against Liverpool on Wednesday. The selection of Chris Wilder as Heckingbottom’s replacement is perceived as a decision that will establish stability and a feeling of familiarity within the club, considering his previous prosperous tenure.

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