Paul Heckingbottom is honoured to have taken the chance to manage Premier League Sheffield United until the end of the season.

Chris Wilder has left the Blades after five memorable years in charge. Sheffield United are bottom of the Premier League and Heckingbottom will now look to pull off the greatest escape alongside former Bournemouth man Jason Tindall. This is his first senior managerial job since leaving Hibs in 2019.

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Paul Heckingbottom is back in the dugout. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Heckingbottom was replaced by Jack Ross after nine months in charge at Easter Road. But it’s a fresh start for him after managing the Sheffield United U23s side, leading the Blades against Leicester City this afternoon.

He said: “It is a great honour to be considered to lead this Club until the end of the season and I thank the Board for putting their trust in me. We have a lot of work to do, but have a great support network, all of whom will bring valuable knowledge and experience, as we look to finish the season strongly.”

Sheffield United chief executive officer Stephen Bettis added:  “The appointment of Paul and the integration from development to senior level is testimony to the great work that is currently being done at the Academy.

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The former Hibs manager is taking charge.(Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“The Club sees the following months as an opportunity to further develop some of our talents at the Academy and to give them valuable time to train with the first team. Additionally, Jason has a fantastic pedigree and his fresh input will hopefully add a different dimension when he joins the Club on Monday.”

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