|Henk ten Cate||10/1||William Hill|
|Jose Morais||33/1||Paddy Power|
*Odds up to date as of February 9, 2021
Garry Monk lasted little more than a year as manager of Sheffield Wednesday FC and the Yorkshire club now searching for a replacement for his successor Tony Pulis following an abrupt end to his 45-day stint as the Owls bid to scrap their way to Championship survival this season.
Wednesday were hit with a twelve point deduction at the beginning of the 2020/21 season, with this penalty being reduced to six points although Monk was still in troubled waters after the team finished the previous campaign badly and he’s now left Hillsborough after winning just three of his eleven games in charge this term.
The club have been through a succession of different managers over the past few years and they are sure to receive plenty of applications for the vacant position, with Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri potentially having someone waiting in the wings as Sheffield Wednesday look to get someone permanently assigned before their next game against Preston North End on 21 November.
Paul Cook actually began his managerial career with Southport and then spent five years with Irish club Sligo Rovers, although more recently the former Wolves midfielder has enjoyed successful spells with Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic.
Cook did especially well with the Latics and steered them back into the Championship after they were relegated to League One, although last season saw Wigan incur a points deduction which was enough to demote them back to the English third tier and the scouser is now out of work but clearly open to fresh opportunities.
The chance to manage Sheffield Wednesday could appeal to someone who is currently trading at 11/2 with Paddy Power and Cook has enjoyed a win ratio that is higher than 40% at his three previous clubs. He knows this division inside out and could be the man to resurrect the fortunes of an ailing club who command a huge fanbase.
David Wagner recently had a rather ill-fated spell in charge of Bundesliga club Schalke 04, although the German previously had more success in charge of Huddersfield Town considering that the 49-year-old guided the Terriers into the Premier League and managed to keep them afloat for one season before they were relegated the following term.
Wagner has previously resided in Yorkshire and perhaps he will be returning to a similar neck of the woods if the latest betting odds are to be believed, with BetVictor going best price at 11/1 about the former Borussia Dortmund coach taking charge at Hillsborough, with the manager potentially interested in this available position.
Wagner really transformed the fortunes of Huddersfield during his four years at the club and Chansiri’s dream remains to help Wednesday into the top flight, with the Yorkshire club having to contend on a modest budget although his managerial contender knows all about building a decent squad with limited resources.
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You might be forgiven for thinking that football chairmen would steer well clear of Nigel Pearson considering that the 57-year-old has had his fair share of spats with club owners over the past few years, although the fact remains that this manager made 180 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday as a player and so this is clearly a club which he holds dear to his heart.
Since taking charge of Carlisle United between 1998-1999, Pearson has had a string of managerial posts and is probably best remembered for his time at Leicester City where he was able to guide the Foxes to promotion from the Championship before ensuring they kept their top flight status the following term.
What happened shortly after Pearson left was that Claudio Ranieri steered a similar squad to an amazing Premier League title success, although the former has had subsequent spells with Derby County, Leuven and Watford, with the manager having some initial success with the Hornets before being sacked in strange circumstances.
Pearson can’t be ruled out of the running for the Wednesday job and might well be among the applicants, although Chansiri might be wary of appointing someone with a strong personality who has previously clashed with club owners and what the Yorkshire club need more than anything is some continuity at this point in time.
Phillip Neville has seen Frank Lampard take the reins at Derby County and do a reasonable job in charge of the Rams before getting the opportunity to manage Chelsea and perhaps he can see a similar trajectory for himself now that there’s an opportunity to work some magic at Sheffield Wednesday.
The BBC have reported that Neville could be interested in the vacant post although claims from certain media outlets that the England Women’s coach is among the betting favourites are somewhat wide of the mark considering that you can get 16/1 with William Hill about the ex-Manchester United player taking charge.
The big issue with appointing Neville is that it represents something of a gamble, especially with Wednesday in a precarious position near the foot of the Championship table and the situation might require someone more experienced to take the existing squad and look to get the most from the players rather than utilise the transfer or loan market.
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Will Cowley Get Another Championship Bite of the Cherry?
Danny Cowley is a manager who still has a solid reputation in the world of English football due to his excellent work with Lincoln City, with Michael Appleton actually continuing the progress at Sincil Bank and the former could be among the shortlisted candidates when Chansiri considers who to replace Garry Monk in the coming days and weeks.
Cowley teamed up with his brother to completely transform the fortunes of the Red Imps who were a non-league team when he took charge, with the former Braintree coach then getting the opportunity to take charge of Huddersfield Town although he wasn’t given a particularly long amount of time to make an impact.
Indeed, the 42-year-old had just forty games in charge at the Yorkshire club and it was a surprise when they dispensed with his services considering that the Terriers had made a flying start under his management, with Cowley clearly still a hot property on the managerial front and he will be biding his time before choosing the right club.
Ryan Lowe hasn’t stopped getting things right since giving football management a crack, with the former Tranmere striker having guided Bury into League One before the Lancashire club were disbanded, although he has since taken the reins at Plymouth Argyle and achieved the same level of success, with the Devon club now back in League One and competing well.
Lowe is as ambitious as the next man and perhaps there will be an application for the vacant position at Hillsborough, with the 42-year-old looking to test himself at the highest possible level and he’s achieved a great deal by playing an attacking brand of football which will appeal to football owners like Chansiri.
Funnily enough, Lowe did have a brief spell at Hillsborough when playing for Sheffield Wednesday during the 2011-12 season where he managed to score eight goals in twenty-six appearances, although the scouser might be overlooked considering his lack of managerial experience but he is attracting some interest with Betfair who cut his odds from 20/1 to 16/1 today!
Eddie Howe has probably been enjoying a well-earned break since stepping down as manager of AFC Bournemouth, with the 42-year-old having been in charge of the Cherries since 2012 and he will rightly go down as one of the most successful managers in the history of the club thanks to him steering the Dorset club from League One to the Premier League.
Howe is likely to return to football management at some point in time, although one would assume that he’ll have the opportunity to be choosy about the position that he takes and you can see him wanting a project where he gets to build a squad rather than inherit the sort of mess that exists at Wednesday.
Even so, there isn’t always the perfect opportunity in football management and perhaps this is a chance for Howe to return to the Championship and prove that he’s capable of getting another club promoted through playing enterprising football, even if the location of the club could be a sticking point.
Johnson is not yet forty years of age although he can already count Oldham Athletic, Barnsley and Bristol City among the clubs that he’s managed, with the 39-year-old having signed a four-year deal at Ashton Gate as recently as May 2019, although the following season didn’t go as expected and the manager was given his marching orders in July 2020.
Nevertheless, Lee Johnson has built up a strong reputation in football management at a very young age and he’s regarded as being highly progressive with his approach to coaching, with his former employers seeing enough quality in him to tie him down to a long-term deal and perhaps Wednesday will take a punt on him.