Sheffield United have confirmed that Paul Heckingbottom will take charge of them for the rest of the season.
Chris Wilder has left his role as manager by mutual consent after taking the club from League One to the Premier League.
This season has been a challenge for Wilder, with Sheffield United bottom of the table. Tensions have long since been mounting with the board.
His departure was finally announced on Saturday evening, with the club vowing to finish the season on a high note before planning for the following campaign – which will probably be spent in the Championship.
Their original announcement did not specify who would replace Wilder in the short-term. Now, they have confirmed that Heckingbottom has been placed in charge.
The former Barnsley, Leeds and Hibs manager has been managing the club’s under-23s. He will now step up to first team duties for the remainder of the campaign.
“It is a great honour to be considered to lead this club until the end of the season and I thank the board for putting their trust in me,” Heckingbottom told sufc.co.uk.
“We have a lot of work to do, but have a great support network, all of whom will bring valuable knowledge and experience, as we look to finish the season strongly.”
Heckingbottom will be assisted by Jason Tindall, who has made the move to the Bramall Lane coaching staff after leaving Bournemouth in February.
“It is a privilege to be asked to be involved and I’m looking forward to getting started,” Tindall said. “I’ve previously worked with a couple of the players before and have experience at this level, which I hope will be of benefit to Paul and the team.”
Heckingbottom appointment explained
Blades CEO Stephen Bettis explained the thinking behind the promotion of Heckingbottom and integration of Tindall.
“The appointment of Paul and the integration from development to senior level is testimony to the great work that is currently being done at the academy,” Bettis said.
“The club sees the following months as an opportunity to further develop some of our talents at the academy and to give them valuable time to train with the first team.
“Additionally, Jason has a fantastic pedigree and his fresh input will hopefully add a different dimension when he joins the club on Monday. He will have a watching brief at Sunday’s game at Leicester.”