With David Weir's disastrous spell as Sheffield United manager finally over, the Blades will now be on the lookout for another new manager – which will be their seventh since Neil Warnock left Bramall Lane in 2007.
An appointment could be made soon, and here are five candidates who could take the United hotseat...
The bookmaker's favourite, Clough was recently sacked by Derby County after a defeat to local rivals Nottingham Forest.
A somewhat harsh sacking, as Clough kept Derby in a mid-table position whilst slashing the wage bill, and with the new foreign investment, United can offer him the ability to work with a healthy budget in comparison to other sides in League One. The Blades fans should take to him well, despite a short loan spell with fierce rivals Sheffield Wednesday in 1997, and Clough has the knowledge of the lower leagues to make his next job a success, whether that be with Sheffield United or another team.
Having spent a year at Bramall Lane as a player, scoring 17 goals in 44 league games, Saunders is remembered fondly for his goalscoring exploits during his short spell in red and white. After taking Wrexham to the Blue Square Premier League playoffs, Saunders moved on to Doncaster, where he suffered relegation but immediately had Rovers placed in the top two. Shortly after New Year, Saunders took the Wolverhampton Wanderers job, but he couldn't salvage Wolves' season as they were relegated to League One. The 49 year old Welshman was duly sacked, but his decent record in League One and rapport with the fans could make him a smart choice.
A former player, coach and assistant manager at Sheffield United, McCall has been up in Scotland with Motherwell since 2010, where he has guided them to second and third place finishes in the last two years.
A candidate for the job before Weir was appointed, McCall decided to stay on at Fir Park, citing that 'it would take something really special to tempt me away'. With new funding available at Bramall Lane, perhaps the 'something special' could be on offer.
Where there's money involved, Sven-Goran Eriksson isn't far behind. Appointed by Manchester City, Notts County and Leicester City after they each became relatively rich, Eriksson has been managing in China since June, taking charge of Guangzhou R&F. Whilst he reportedly makes £2m a year, a return to England could be appealing to Sven, who reportedly has ties to the Saudi Royal family, which Blades owner Prince Abdullah is a member of.
Could a sensational return be on the cards ? Warnock stated in April this year that he would be interested in returning to Bramall Lane, but only in a director of football capacity. The bookies, however, still make Warnock the eighth favourite for the job. Warnock remains the choice of many Blades fans, and with the added wealth in the club, could be tempted by the role.
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