Next Sheffield United Manager Odds

Sheffield United have confirmed Chris Wilder has vacated the hot seat at Bramall Lane and we take a look at the best odds on who will succeed him as manager of the Blades.

Next Sheffield United Manager Odds

Next Permanent Sheffield United Manager Odds*

TipOddsBet with (Click to bet)
Paul Heckingbottom7/4Paddy Power
Eddie Howe9/2Betfair
Frank Lampard8/1Ladbrokes
Neil Lennon8/1Coral
David Wagner12/1Betfair
Danny Cowley14/1Paddy Power
Thierry Henry14/1Paddy Power
Valerien Ismael16/1BetVictor
John Terry16/1Paddy Power
Slaven Bilic20/1BetVictor
Mark Hughes20/1Betfair
Phil Jagielka20/1Betfair

*Odds correct as of March 15, 2021


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Chris Wilder was expected to last the 2020/21 Premier League season in charge of Sheffield United despite the Blades’ imminent relegation back to the Championship, although it was announced on March 12 that the highly successful manager had left the South Yorkshire club, leaving the Bramall Lane hot seat vacant.

Wilder was a phenomenal success with Sheffield United considering that they were a League One club when he took charge before guiding them up to the Championship and Premier League, although things have turned sour this season after the former Northampton boss previously kept them afloat.

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The Next Sheffield United Manager Betting Odds

The best bookies are starting to put together a next Sheffield United manager betting market, with Paul Heckingbottom trading as the favourite to replace Wilder, with the former Leeds United manager currently in charge of the Blades Under-23s and it could be a logical step that he gets promoted from within to become the new First Team Head Coach.

Heckingbottom first cut his managerial teeth when taking caretaker charge of Barnsley on two occasions before getting the nod and managing the Tykes between 2016-18, although his stints with Leeds and Hibernian were far from effective and it will be interesting to see whether the Blades consider the 43-year-old as the right candidate from a big list.

However, a 5-0 defeat to Leicester in his first game overseeing the first team won’t have helped his case.

Neil Lennon in the Running to Become Blades Manager

Neil Lennon has only been out of work for a matter of weeks following Celtic FC’s decision to part company with their manager after losing the Scottish Premiership title to Rangers by a country mile, with the Northern Irishman looking for a fresh opportunity and perhaps the chance to rebuild the Sheffield United squad will make plenty of appeal.

Lennon is trading at 4/1 to replace Wilder, with the 49-year-old originally taking charge of Celtic between 2010-14 before taking charge at Bolton Wanderers and Hibernian. Lennon is able to point to the fact that he has won five SPL titles at Celtic Park, although he has limited experience of managing in England.


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Could Eddie Howe Return to Football Management?

Howe has been linked to a variety of vacant and occupied managerial positions since leaving Bournemouth towards the end of the previous season and BetVictor have installed the former Burnley manager near the head of their next Sheffield United manager betting market, with the 43-year-old apparently eager to consider a new position.

Howe’s career at Bournemouth followed a similar trajectory to Wilder’s, having steered the Dorset club from League One to the Premier League and it could be the case that the Sheffield United owners consider him to be a good selection in terms of guiding the team back into the top flight and keeping them afloat.

Cowley Looks Like a Value Bet to Manage Blades

Danny Cowley has been keeping a fairly public profile since being sacked by Huddersfield and we should note that he previously laid the foundations for Lincoln City to experience their current success by steering the Red Imps from the National League to League One before taking the ill-fated chance to manage the Terriers.

Cowley might clearly jump at the chance to manage a historic and well-supported club, with this position giving him the opportunity and funds to be competitive back in the Championship next season, with the parachute payment filtering through and we’re talking about a progressive manager who can potentially steer the team to success.

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Could Lampard or Terry Be the Next Blades Boss?

Frank Lampard was seemingly out of his depth when taking charge of Chelsea and was swiftly dispensed by Roman Abramovich in the Premier League this term, although it should be noted that the former England international did previously do well with Derby County and steered the Rams into the play-offs before missing out in the final.

Perhaps Lampard might apply for the vacant position and look to rebuild the squad and his own reputation after the Chelsea experience, with the coach being able to potentially leverage the loan market as he did with the Rams when securing the signatures of Mason Mount, Harry Wilson and Fikayo Tomori.

As for John Terry, he seems to be on the shortlist for every vacant position such as this one, although the former Chelsea central defender doesn’t seem in a particular hurry to leave his current post at Aston Villa where he has successfully worked with Head Coach Dean Smith and perhaps this will continue.

Ismael and McInnes Next in the Sheffield United Manager Betting

Valerien Ismael is a relatively unknown name in English football, although he has been making strides with Barnsley this season and perhaps he can do even better with a bigger budget at a nearby south Yorkshire club, with the Frenchman having proven that he can help a modest team challenge for Premier League promotion.

Ismael is actually a quite experienced coach and he cut his teeth in Germany and was first-team coach at Wolfsburg, with many people already linking the 45-year-old to the vacant position at Bramall Lane.

Derek McInnes is another interesting candidate and he has only just left Aberdeen FC after a seriously long stint at Pittodrie, with the Scot now eyeing a fresh managerial opportunity, with the 49-year-old having previously been in charge at Bristol City.