Sheffield United announced on Thursday that they had parted ways with manager Slavisa Jokanovic, just six months after appointing him, and had replaced him with Paul Heckingbottom.
Jokanovic was appointed as the club’s permanent replacement for Chris Wilder, who left in March with the club languishing at the bottom of the Premier League.
The 53-year-old, who previously led Watford and Fulham to Premier League promotion, was hoping to return the relegated club to the English top flight at the first attempt.
Despite Tuesday’s 1-0 victory at Reading, Jokanovic has won just six of his 19 league games in charge, leaving United in 16th place in the table, eight points off the play-off places.
As a result, the club has returned to former Leeds manager Heckingbottom, who served as caretaker manager at Bramall Lane after Wilder left last season.
“Following several months of strategic planning and a lackluster start to the season, the board decided that a change was in the best long-term interests of the club,” Sheffield United said in a statement on their website.
“We look forward to embarking on a new era in Blades football with Paul at the helm,” said Chairman Yusuf Giansiracusa. The board believes Paul possesses the personal leadership qualities and technical football skills required to successfully implement the board’s strategic directives.”