Following the surprising departure of Steve Bruce to Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday will now be on the lookout for a new manager ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
The 58-year-old turned the Owls’ fortunes around after a dismal first half of the season under Jos Luhukay last term, but recently departed for St. James’ Park after only six months in charge of the Yorkshire club.
With less than three weeks to go until the start of the new season, Wednesday will now be looking to make a swift appointment, and according to the Mirror’s live transfer blog (17/07, 19:58), the club have already drawn up a five-man shortlist.
Chris Coleman, Garry Monk, Gary Megson and Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel are all believed to be on that managerial shortlist, along with former Derby County and Stoke City manager Gary Rowett.
The 45-year-old has been out of work since being relieved of his duties by the Potters in January, but has now seemingly crept into contention to become the new manager of the Owls.
Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to Wednesday hiring Rowett…
Pro – He will be eager to put things right
Rowett’s reputation has really dipped over the last couple of years, after two disappointing spells in charge of Derby and Stoke.
He was unable to get over the final hurdle whilst in charge of the Rams, falling short in the play-off semi-finals in 2018.
His time with Stoke City was one to forget though, so after two failed stints in the Championship, he will be desperate to put things right and turn over a new leaf.
Pro – He has worked well on limited budgets before
Rowett’s more impressive spell as a manager came with Birmingham City – a club he has a real close affinity with having played for them in the past.
He came in at steered the ship at St. Andrew’s, guiding them away from the relegation zone after some dismal times under Lee Clark, before being very harshly sacked in December 2016.
He didn’t have the biggest budgets at Birmingham, which shows that he can be a very good coach and motivator on his day.
Wednesday have had their fair share of financial issues in recent times, so under a soft transfer embargo, he will have to recruit well.
Con – Failure to perform under high expectations
Every single fan of the Championship will have been expecting Stoke to take the league by storm last season, after making so many big-money signings in the summer.
Tom Ince, Benik Afobe and Sam Clucas all arrived for sizable fees, but even with one of the biggest budgets in the division, the Potters completely flopped.
Questions have been raised about Rowett’s ability to rebuild a team, and that is what he would need to do if he was appointed as Wednesday boss.
Con – Potential fan uproar
Wednesday need to make an appointment that will unite the fans, especially after suffering a major blow in losing Bruce to Newcastle.
There are plenty of managers out there that would come in and make an impact on fans straight away, but given how his last two managerial stints have panned out, this one might not go down too well with Owls fans.
Rowett had his differences with Stoke fans during his time at the bet365 Stadium, with plenty complaining about his style of football. Do Wednesday need that? Not at all.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!