Sheffield United are set to name former Hibs and Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom as interim manager.

The Blades look set to exit the Premier League this season, poor form throughout the campaign keeping them rooted to the bottom during most of the campaign. It’s resulted in manager Chris Wilder’s demise.

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Sheffield United’s English manager Chris Wilder reacts during the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Southampton at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on March 6, 2021.  (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Heckingbottom hasn’t held a senior manager role since leaving Hibs in 2019 but will likely be in the dugout when Sheffield United face Leicester City on Sunday. He has been U23s boss at Sheffield United since July 2020.

A spell at Barnsley brought about praise for Heckingbottom, his time as manager at Oakwell earning him the manager’s role at Leeds United. His spell there was uneventful, winning just four of his 16 games in charge.

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He then moved to Hibs, where after a promising start secured a top six Scottish Premiership position, form petered out. He was replaced by Jack Ross in 2019 after less than a year in the job and moved to Sheffield United as U23s boss last summer.

Paul Heckingbottom has been manager at Barnsley, Leeds United and Hibs and now has a Premier League chance. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Paul Heckingbottom has been manager at Barnsley, Leeds United and Hibs and now has a Premier League chance. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Heckingbottom won 11 of his 32 games in charge at Easter Road and now faces an uphill task of keeping Sheffield United in the Premier League, who have enjoyed a fast rise from League One to the English top flight. They are currently 12 points from safety.

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