First sacking of the Premier League season is CONFIRMED as Paul Heckingbottom is given the boot by bottom club Sheffield United... with former boss Chris Wilder replacing him

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By Dan Cancian For Mailonline

Published: 06:32 EST, 5 December 2023 | Updated: 06:53 EST, 5 December 2023

Sheffield United person sacked head Paul Heckingbottom aft their disastrous 5-0 defeat astatine Burnley on Saturday - pinch Chris Wilder group to return to nan nine and beryllium officially re-appointed connected Tuesday afternoon.

The consequence was nan Blades' 11th conclusion successful their opening 14 convention matches this term, and leaves them bottommost of nan array connected conscionable 5 points, 4 adrift of safety.

Heckingbottom is nan first Premier League head to beryllium sacked this season, pinch Sheffield United facing a imaginable return to nan Championship.


The 46-year-old guided nan nine to promotion past season, but his squad person looked premier candidates for relegation passim nan first 4 months of nan existent campaign.

As Mail Sport reported backmost successful October and again connected Sunday, erstwhile leader Chris Wilder is group to return to nan Blades, pursuing Heckingbottom's departure - pinch Sheffield United proprietor Prince Abdullah confirming arsenic specified connected talkSPORT connected Tuesday morning.

Sheffield United person sacked head Paul Heckingbottom aft their disastrous 5-0 nonaccomplishment astatine Burnley connected Saturday afternoon

The Blades were humiliated astatine Turf Moor against a Burnley broadside that had mislaid nan erstwhile 4 games and won conscionable erstwhile this play successful nan Premier League 

Chris Wilder is now group to return to nan Blades amid their ongoing relegation battle

 'Yes [I person made nan decision],' he said confirming nan news astir Heckingbottom's sacking.

'Chris is practically an honour of nan club, he's portion of Sheffield United history. One point I ever for illustration to do, not conscionable successful shot but each of my businesses, is to support a bully narration pinch my ex-employees nary matter really it ended, I deliberation you should get complete it.

'At nan extremity of nan time we're each passionate astir what we do and we judge Chris is nan correct man for nan job. Chris has done awesome things for nan nine and successful my sentiment he's nan champion feline connected satellite world to return complete nan nine correct now successful these circumstances.'

Mail Sport revealed back successful September that Wilder had been sounded retired complete a daze return to Bramall Lane and, having picked up jut 1 triumph since then, looks group to return. 

Wilder spent 5 years astatine nan club, betwixt 2016 and 2021, earlier yet leaving nan nine by communal consent amid nan Blades' struggling convention form.  

Heckingbottom, meanwhile, oversaw a difficult transfer window complete nan summer, arsenic nan Blades waved goodbye to promotion stalwarts Sander Berge and Iliman Ndiaye.

England Under-21 world Cameron Archer arrived from Aston Villa for £18million, while Gustavo Hamer joined from Coventry successful a £15m woody and Vini Souza was signed from Belgian broadside Lommel for £11m and Tom Davies arrived connected a free transportation from Everton.

However, nan additions person done small to boost nan Blades' shape - having scored nan fewest goals (11) and conceded nan astir (39) successful nan league. 

Heckingbottom admitted aft Saturday's conclusion that he was emotion nan unit astatine Bramall Lane aft sections of nan distant fans started chanting 'Hecky out' during nan match.

'If nan fans start, it changes nan dynamic,' said Heckingbottom. 'The fans are correct to shout, opportunity we're not bully enough. You can't kid them. I was arsenic angry arsenic good and almost singing on pinch them.

'Burnley would not person been expecting a crippled for illustration that and neither would I. It was massively disappointing. But I tin time off pinch my caput held high. I cognize really I work.

'You're asking nan incorrect personification [about his future]. I've had those questions since September.'

The Blades are bottommost of nan Premier League aft taking conscionable 5 points from their 14 games

Newcastle scored 5 2nd half goals successful their demolition of Sheffield United successful September

Heckingbottom whitethorn person been referring to nan aftermath of his side's humiliating 8-0 nonaccomplishment astatine location to Newcastle successful precocious September, which saw erstwhile Blades leader Chris Wilder linked pinch a return to nan dugout.

The 46-year-old was fixed much clip to move things astir aft that humiliating result, but has been incapable to get nan affirmative results needed and has now mislaid his job. 

United will apt look to bring successful a replacement quickly pinch a engaged December fixture database ahead.

The Blades are backmost successful action connected Wednesday erstwhile they big Liverpool, and they are group to look Brentford, Chelsea and Aston Villa earlier Christmas. 

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