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‘Daniel Farke’, ‘Ryan Lowe’ – Who next for Sheffield United as Slavisa Jokanovic departs? The Verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Sheffield United looks set to sack Slavisa Jokanovic after just 19 fixtures in the Championship this season.

The Blades sit 16th in the table and, as per John Percy, have opted to end Jokanovic’s short spell at Bramall Lane.

The Serbian has lost eight times in the Championship this season and his side have failed to find any consistency at all.

As news of his departure spreads, we’ve opted to look at who could replace him in South Yorkshire.

Our writers discuss here:

Chris Thorpe

As per usual, there are a lot of names that are out there right now who could easily go into Bramall Lane and make an impact.

Personally speaking I see Daniel Farke as the ideal choice for the job as I believe he has the attributes to get the best out of the squad he would inherit.

Add to the fact that he has won two Championship titles during his previous stint in English football and it’s hard to ignore his achievements.

He played an exciting brand of football at Norwich City and would be someone that would excite the fans if the Blades handed him the job.

He’d also have a few transfer windows to make the team his own, so I think this would be the perfect challenge for him after leaving Carrow Road.

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Billy Mulley

It will be interesting to see how Sheffield United approach recruiting a new manager with Slavisa Jokanovic set for the exit door.

Could they try someone else who is tried and tested in the Championship and has done some excellent work in the second-tier, or do they take a gamble with someone who has seen success abroad, in the way that Watford did midway through last season.

Another option is to follow in the footsteps of Swansea City and appoint a manager with no experience in the second-tier, or a high level of management in general, who has a clear football philosophy that has seen success in the lower divisions.

If they were to opt for the latter, then Ryan Lowe at Plymouth would be an excellent option for them to pursue.

John Terry is also seemingly close to securing his first managerial role, who might view this as an excellent career choice.

Alex Neil is also out of employment and you would imagine he would be eager to get back to a managerial role.

The role at Sheffield United is an attractive one, as they still have an excellent squad who can turn things around and enjoy a successful second half of the campaign.

Toby Wilding

It feels like Daniel Farke is one who could be well worth looking into for Sheffield United.

The German had admittedly struggled in the Premier League with Norwich once again this season prior to his departure from Carrow Road.

However, there can be no doubting his proven record in the Championship, and the fact he knows how to get out of this division is just what the Blades are looking for, given their expectations this season, which would make him a decent option, even in terms of just steadying the ship in the short-term.

Indeed, Farke may well still feel he has a point to prove in English football and the Premier League in particular, and Sheffield United are one club who do have the resources to potentially get him back there.

As a result, if Farke is keen to get back to work sooner rather than later, then this could be a deal that works well for all parties.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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