New Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has handed former Nottingham Forest player and coach Jack Lester a position on his backroom staff.

The former Leeds boss has replaced Slavisa Jokanovic. He was sacked this morning after just four months in charge of the Blades.

Heckingbottom steps up from taking the club’s under-23 team to become the permanent Bramall Lane boss.

Lester will form a new-look setup; with Jokanovic and all of his staff departing the club immediately.

Forest Lester
(Photo; Bryn Lennon; Getty Images)

The ex-Forest under-23 manager will become head of player development. Stuart McCall is also in position as Heckingbottom’s assistant manager.

From the outside looking in this doesn’t look like a particularly exciting announcement from United.

Given Heckingbottom hardly pulled up any trees during his stint last season in charge; it’s surprising that he’s been handed a five-year contract.

Lester played 192 times for Forest in total, scoring 37 goals. His all-action style made him a popular member of the squad among the club’s supporters.

After finishing his playing days at Chesterfield, he was handed the chance to head into coaching by Gary Brazil who named him the Forest under-23 boss.

In 2017 he departed to take over the managerial position at Chesterfield but was unable to prevent the team from slipping into the National League.

Forest fans will wish Lester well

The Reds fan base wasn’t best impressed when he departed Forest to take over a role at Chesterfield; given the brilliant work that had been done with the club’s under-23 team.

He’s always had an eye for a player and perhaps that will bode well in his new role at Bramall Lane.

Forest Lester
(Photo; Clive Brunskill; Getty Images)

Forest fans will remember Lester fondly as a player and supporters are sticklers for ex-players becoming part of the backroom staff.

As a former Blade as well, perhaps that will see him worshipped by the United crowd and Forest fans might be intrigued to see how he gets on his new role.

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