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Kevin Blackwell leaves Sheffield Utd by mutual consent

Kevin Blackwell
Blackwell took charge of the Blades in February 2008

Kevin Blackwell has left his job as Sheffield United manager by mutual consent, the club has announced.

The Blades were beaten 3-0 by QPR on Saturday, conceding three goals in the first 23 minutes as fans at Bramall Lane chanted "Blackwell Out!".

"Following the home defeat to QPR, Sheffield United and Kevin Blackwell have jointly agreed to part company with immediate effect," said the club.

The Blades currently sit 21st in the Championship table after two games.

They began this season with a 1-1 draw at Cardiff City before being dumped out of the Carling Cup by League One Hartlepool on Wednesday.

"Kevin Blackwell has worked tremendously hard over the last two and a half years and his record in terms of results is equal to, if not better than, most previous managers at Bramall Lane," said the club in a statement.

"He will always have a warm welcome at Sheffield United."

Goals for QPR from Hogan Ephraim, Jamie Mackie and Adel Taarabt condemned Blackwell to defeat in his last game in charge of the club.

The manager did not appear at the post-match news conference and nodded when asked by reporters if he had been sacked.

"It is time for us to move on because our ambition remains the same in challenging for promotion, hence this decision to look for a new manager to carry on the work Kevin has been doing," said the Blades statement.

Former Leeds and Luton boss Blackwell took charge of United in February 2008 and led them to the play-off final in his first full season, only to lose to Burnley at Wembley.

Last season, the club finished eight in the Championship despite a late surge for the play-offs.

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