Next Permanent Sheffield Wednesday Manager Odds
|Gary Rowett||7/4||Bet Victor|
|Chris Hughton||11/4||Paddy Power|
|Lee Bullen||6/1||Bet Victor|
|Tony Pulis||12/1||Paddy Power|
|Rui Silva||16/1||William Hill|
|Garry Monk||20/1||William Hill|
|Giovanni van Bronckhorst||33/1||William Hill|
Steve Bruce recently departed Hillsborough in a rather acrimonious fashion, with the 58-year-old decided to take his “dream job” at Newcastle United and the move has left Wednesday in limbo as they busy themselves for that all-important opener against Reading this weekend.
Lee Bullen remains in caretaker charge and is among the favourites on the Next Sheffield Wednesday Manager betting market, with club owner Dejphon Chansiri carefully considering his options and he might not be rushed into making a decision despite growing supporter impatience ahead of the new season.
Rowett Backed Into 1/3 Before Drifting Again
Last Wednesday, Gary Rowett was as short as 1/3 for the vacant position at Hillsborough and it appeared as though Chansiri had found his man. While that BetVictor price indicated that the former Derby and Stoke City manager had clearly held talks with the Yorkshire club, the 45-year-old’s odds have now drifted back out to 7/4 with Bet Victor.
This price suggests that Rowett remains interested in taking charge of the Owls, although perhaps he’s only on a shortlist for the time being, with the former Birmingham boss having started his managerial career at Burton Albion before stints with three different Championship clubs.
Rowett clearly has a decent profile to become the new Wednesday boss, having steered Derby to the play-offs two seasons ago, although he swiftly pulled the plug on the Rams to join Stoke and the latter’s supporters swiftly became disheartened with the style of football on display.
Hughton Back in the Running for Wednesday Job
There were rumours that Chris Hughton (11/4 with Paddy Power) had little interest in the vacant position at Hillsborough, with the 60-year-old having just finished a long stint in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion where he transformed the club’s fortunes in the space of five years. He steered the Seagulls into the Premier League before managing to keep them there.
Previously to this, Hughton had done the same at Newcastle United despite taking over when the club had just suffered a messy relegation, while his time with Birmingham City and Norwich City also illustrated that the former Tottenham defender was an unsung manager with a superb track record.
Wednesday could probably do no better than install Hughton if he has now become open to the idea of taking charge, with his odds of 5/2 suggesting that he’s another candidate who has been sounded out and it’s hard to see how anyone else could be better qualified than someone who has always prospered despite a limited budget.
Bullen Remains a Viable Plan B
Lee Bullen is part of the furniture at Sheffield Wednesday. As mentioned, the 48-year-old is now almost certain to be in the dugout for the Owls’ opener against Reading on Saturday 3 August, with the Scot currently enjoying his third caretaker spell at Hillsborough and is currently an interesting 6/1 shot with Bet Victor.
However, unlike his previous two caretaker stints with Wednesday, Bullen has made it clear to the local press that he’s extremely keen on being given the role on a permanent basis. Some might argue he’s earned the opportunity to be given the chance considering that he’s been with the Yorkshire outfit since 2011.
Bullen has progressed from being a youth coach to working with first-team players and it’s clear that the former Dunfermline and Wednesday player has the respect of the dressing room, with Chansiri potentially about to see how the side fare under their caretaker boss in the opening few matches before making a decision.
After a recent 2-2 draw with Espanyol, Bullen revealed that the club’s owner is out of the country at this point in time, with the caretaker boss keen to continue making a big impression and it looks as though the latest stage of his job interview could effectively take place against the Royals.
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Could Pearson Come in From the Cold?
Nigel Pearson is clearly a divisive figure in English football. Many now sneer at the way in which the former Leicester City manager conducted himself in front of the assembled press on a number of occasions, although others argue that he effectively laid the foundations for the Foxes’ Premier League title success in 2016.
The 55-year-old is clearly experienced when it comes to managing in England and has assumed a number of roles in the Championship although the latest of these was at Derby County and he lasted just fourteen matches in charge before a rather spectacular fall-out with the owner Mel Morris.
Chansiri might be wary of a similar collision should Pearson be given the role, although he did previously take charge of Leicester for 185 matches and engineered a promotion to the top flight before keeping them in the Premier League before being replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
Pearson played 180 games for Sheffield Wednesday between 1987-1994, with the Nottingham-born manager looking for an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s a top-drawer manager and odds of 10/1 suggest that he could yet be given the chance at Hillsborough.
Silva a New Name on the Wednesday Shortlist
Rui Silva will be a virtual unknown among Sheffield Wednesday fans although the Portuguese is currently part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s coaching team at Wolverhampton Wanderers and the 42-year-old has been recently linked to the available position at the Championship club.
Currently trading at 16/1 with William Hill, it would appear that certain media are wrong to suggest that Silva is Chansiri’s number one choice for the available position, although this is a highly-regarded coach who has helped the Molineux outfit not only win the Championship title but quickly become an established Premier League entity.
Silva has also worked in several other European countries including his native Portugal, although being an assistant coach is a lot different to assuming the head coach role, especially at a Championship club where time is scarce when it comes to assembling a squad in your own image.
Two Welshman Now Drifting for Wednesday Job
According to local newspaper The Star, Sheffield Wednesday have recently sounded out two experienced managers regarding the available position at the club, with Chris Coleman and Tony Pulis the potential names in the hat. The former is now trading at 4/1 with Betfair after trading odds on last week, although Pulis is a 12/1 chance with Paddy Power.
That price would suggest that Tony Pulis is not particularly open to the prospect of assuming control of a squad just as the season is about to kick off, with Pulis having only recently left Middlesbrough after a mixed spell at the Teeside club which saw the team miss out on the play-offs last term.
The 61-year-old has had a long career in management and shone particularly at Stoke City where he steered the Potters into the Premier League at the first time of asking before keeping the Staffordshire outfit in the top flight for several seasons.
However, some would argue that Pulis is something of a football dinosaur considering how the game has changed over the past few years and that his pragmatic approach might not appeal to a massive fanbase who might expect their team to challenge for the top six.
Chris Coleman is another Welshman who would appear to be a risky choice on face value. Despite performing heroics with the Welsh national team at Euro 2016 which saw the Reds reach the semi-final stage of the competition, he’s not someone associated with managing in the Championship.
Coleman’s last position in England was when he became the latest manager to sip from the poisoned chalice at Sunderland and his lack of achievement with the Wearside club should not be judged too harshly. However, he was handed a top-flight position with Fulham at a young age and the Cottagers were going backwards when he was relieved of his duties.