Blessin cool on Blades link

04 May 2021 21:43:09 GMTPlus10

KV Oostende manager Alexander Blessin has distanced himself from reports linking him to the vacant job at Sheffield United.

Long-serving Blades boss Chris Wilder left Bramall Lane in March with the club bottom of the Premier League and their relegation was sealed with a 1-0 defeat to Wolves last month.

Interim coach Paul Heckingbottom is in charge for the rest of the season and he oversaw a 4-0 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday when Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick for the hosts.

The Blades are planning for next season's Championship promotion campaign and one of their reported targets is German coach Blessin, who was appointed manager of Belgian Pro League side Oostende in June 2020.

Before taking that job, the 47-year-old had worked as a coach at RB Leipzig and he had made an immediate impact in Belgium, leading Oostende to the playoffs after finishing fifth in the regular-season standings.

Asked about the stories linking him to the Bramall Lane hotseat, Blessin told reporters: "You shouldn't always believe what is being told. Sometimes something is right, sometimes it's just rumours.

"The concentration is now completely on the playoffs. And another thing: I am still under contract here for one more year."

Slavisa Jokanovic, who steered Watford and Fulham to promotion from the Championship, is another manager reportedly on Sheffield United's radar for next season.

However, Heckingbottom and his squad are focused on finishing their Premier League campaign as strongly as possible and they host fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Blades are 2.90 to beat 2.50 visitors Crystal Palace at the weekend, with the draw 3.20.

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