June 25, 2024

The inevitable has finally happened, although it’s taken considerably longer than we probably all thought. While few would have expected the first Premier League manager sacking of the season to come as late as December, that Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom is first to go comes as little surprise.

Sheffield United make worst ever Premier League start

To say The Blades have endured a wretched start to the 2023-24 campaign would be something of an understatement. They have won only one and lost 11 of their first 14 league games, with Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of fellow promoted side Burnley the final straw for Heckingbottom, who had already seen his team lose by the same scoreline at Arsenal and, most memorably, 8-0 at home to Newcastle United.

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