Jokanovic takes charge at Sheffield Utd | Ralph Lauren

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Sheffield United have appointed Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager.

The former Watford and Fulham boss has signed a three-year contract with the Blades, succeeding Chris Wilder, who left in March after guiding his boyhood club from League One to the Premier League in just over four-and-a-half years in charge.

Blades Under-23 coach Paul Heckingbottom oversaw the final 10 matches of the season but was unable to prevent United’s relegation from the top-flight.

Jokanovic won promotion from the Championship at both Watford and Fulham and the Blades hierarchy will be hoping he can repeat the feat at Bramall Lane.

The 52-year-old Serb – the former Yugoslavia star who’s now the first overseas manager in United’s history – had been coaching Al-Gharafa in Qatar since 2019 and is looking forward to the prospect of returning to English football.

“I’m honoured to become the manager of this historic football club,” Jokanovic told the club’s official website.

“Let’s work together to get Sheffield United back to where the club belongs.”

Jokanovic’s managerial career has also included spells in charge of Partizan Belgrade, Levski Sofia, Muanthong United and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He’d been reported to be of interest to West Brom after Sam Allardyce left his position as manager at The Hawthorns following their relegation from the Premier League but Wilder has also been heavily linked with the Baggies job.

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