TIME IS UP
Slavisa Jokanovic is set to be sacked by Sheffield United after just six months.
The Serbian replaced Chris Wilder as permanent manager after his relegation from the Premier League.
But with the Blades 16th in the league, Jokaonovic was eliminated with United eight points above the relegation zone and eight points below final play-off place.
Under-23 coach Paul Heckingbottom is expected to take the lead on Sunday against Bristol City for a second term as goalkeeper after taking the reins in 11 games following Wilder’s exit.
And Heckingbottom will have the option to claim the job, with former Norwich and Preston boss Alex Neil also being considered.
Tuesday’s victory at Reading – where midfielder John Fleck was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the pitch – was Sheffield United’s sixth victory in 19 games.
Jokanovic, who had won promotion to Prem with Watford and Fulham, left the Qatari side of Al-Gharafa in May and was tasked with an immediate return to the top flight.
Following Heckingbotton’s interim at the end of last season, United have lost as many matches – eight – as they have lost.
And while other relegated Fulham and West Brom teams are on the rise, the South Yorkshire club have suffered a serious hangover since falling in the Championship.
Despite the £ 30million sale of Aaron Ramsdale to Arsenal, the Blades have retained the vast majority of the squad but have struggled for any form of consistency.
Jokanovic, 53, has reportedly been frustrated with the club’s summer transfers, with just four players signed – all on loan – and the Serbian failing to land the two wingers he desperately needed.