April 13, 2024

An ex-Everton player quit his Premier League job on Tuesday as a result of his boss’s dismissal. This season, the Championship has already witnessed a handful of manager dismissals, while the first Premier League manager was not fired until Tuesday.

Prior to Wednesday’s match at home against Liverpool, Sheffield United fired Paul Heckingbottom after a dismal return to the Premier League. Most people have criticized Heckingbottom’s dismissal since he was given almost no funding to assemble his team for the upcoming season following his elevation, and because important players like Sander Berge and Iliman Ndiaye were also let go.

Neverthelesss, Heckingbottom was sacked, and his two assistants have followed him out of Bramall Lane. One of those is former Everton player Stuart McCall. Former Cardiff City boss Mark Hudson has also left his role.

McCall – who has also played for Bradford City, Sheffield United and Rangers – represented Everton as a player between 1988 and 1991, racking up 103 league appearances.

McCall has had three separate spells as Bradford City boss during his managerial career so far, and another spell as an interim boss. He has also had spells at Motherwell and Scunthrope United, while he was also an interim boss for Rangers in 2015. It remains to be seen whether he will look to return to management, or whether he will find another job as an assistant. What we do know is that Sheffield United will turn to former boss Chris Wilder three years after sacking the fan favourite.

Confirming the decision to sack Heckingbottom and his coaching staff, a clubs statement read: “Sheffield United can confirm that football manager Paul Heckingbottom has been relieved of his duties. Additionally, coaches Stuart McCall and Mark Hudson, have also left the club.”

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