Sheffield United have confirmed the exit of Chris Wilder as manager with former Leeds United and Hibs man Paul Heckingbottom becoming interim manager.

Wilder leaves the Blades with his head hel high, having guided Bramall Lane club back to the Premier League, although they are currently more than 10 points from safety in their second season since returning. Former Leeds United and Hibs boss Heckingbottom takes his place in the interim with Jason Tindall.

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Former Leeds United and Hibs man Paul Heckingbottom is Sheffield United’s interim boss. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The ex-Hibee started out as manager at Barnsley, success there earning him a move to Leeds United, although he was only in charge for 16 games. Heckingbottom’s next challenge was Hibs, but he lasted nine months and was replaced by Jack Ross in November 2019. He has been Sheffield United’s U23s manager since July 2020.

A Blades statement reads: “Sheffield United confirms that Chris Wilder has left the Club by mutual consent. The Board and Chris Wilder, who has managed the Blades to more than 100 wins in his almost five years at Bramall Lane, made the decision following discussions.

Taking the Blades reigns. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We are confident that all Blades fans around the world will join us in thanking Chris for his hard work, commitment and expertise in driving the Club. Now the Club will turn its attention to completing the season as strongly as possible and if we are relegated, to preparing for the Championship.

“We confirm our intention to keep the core of the player group together and will continue to invest further in the Academy and the First Team, to place us in the best possible position for the future.”

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