Sheff Utd hire Jokanovic as they target immediate return to Premier League

The former Fulham and Watford boss is the permanent successor to Chris Wilder following the Blades’ relegation into the Championship

Slavisa Jokanovic has landed the Sheffield United manager’s role.

The Serbian has previously taken Watford and Fulham into the Premier League and will be tasked with once again mounting a promotion to the top flight.

The Blades have been relegated back into the second tier after a woeful campaign that saw them accrue just 23 points, losing 29 of their 38 league games.

Chris Wilder, the boyhood United fan who guided the team to two promotions and top-half finish last term, left in March after a number of off-field concerns.

Paul Heckingbottom, the club’s under-23s boss, took caretaker charge for the final ten games of the campaign.

Chris Wilder transformed United from a mid-table League One side into a team that finished ninth in the Premier League

Now, the club have turned to double promotion-winner Jokanovic and have handed him a three-year deal.

The 52-year-old had been managing Qatari club Al-Gharafa SC Qatar for the past two years but it’s understood he was keen to return to England for a fresh challenge.

His last post on these shores, at Craven Cottage, saw him axed after 12 games in the top flight – just months after leading them to promotion.

The Blades are 10/1 to win next season’s title with Skybet.

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