Heckingbottom won the first of his six games as interim manager this weekend with a 1-0 Sheffield United victory over Brighton and he has impressed in difficult circumstances. He replaced hugely-popular Chris Wilder until the end of the season last month.
Several big names have been linked with the role, including English football legend John Terry and Eddie Howe, who is strongly-linked with the vacant Celtic job. Former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is an outside but Heckingbottom is another contender for the Premier League’s basement club who will play Championship football next term.
Reports suggest those at Sheffield United have been impressed by his work behind the scenes and will be considered for the role if he wants it. The Blades board want to see how players respond to his management, Heckingbottom currently scheduled to return to his normal duties as U23s manager in the summer.
This is Heckingbottom’s first senior job since leaving Hibs in 2019. He arrived in January of that year and while an initially positive start secured a top six spot, a poor start to the 2019/20 season saw him replaced by Jack Ross in November 2019.
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