Sheffield Wednesday have reportedly held talks with Paul Cook over the former Wigan Athletic boss becoming their new manager according to talkSPORT.
The Owls have been without a manager since parting company with Tony Pulis, with the former Stoke boss being in charge of the club for just 45 days.
It’s been a frustrating season to date for Sheffield Wednesday, with the club only just moving out of the relegation zone on goal difference, after being hit with a points deduction at the start of this year’s campaign for off-the-field issues.
But they have shown much-needed improvement in recent weeks, and will be hoping they can put together a positive run of results at the earliest of opportunities.
Cook could be the manager that guides them up the second-tier standings as well, with the 53-year-old impressing in his time with Wigan Athletic.
He has admitted that he is keen to return to football management in the near future, after his spell with the Latics reached a conclusion in the summer of 2020.
We take a look at THREE reasons why Sheffield Wednesday would be making a smart appointment if Cook was to arrive at Hillsborough.
He has experience of managing in the Championship.
Cook has already shown that he can manage to a high standard in the Championship, having picked up some impressive results in his time with Wigan Athletic.
The 53-year-old won’t be pleased to have a relegation on his CV with the Latics, but you have to take into consideration the circumstances that he was working under with them, with various off-the-field problems having an impact with their results on the pitch.
You won’t find a manager that would be more-suited to a move to Hillsborough at this moment in time.
He’s shown what he can do with little transfer funds.
Cook had to deal with a number of issues whilst with Wigan Athletic, and will be keen for a fresh start at another club.
Sheffield Wednesday aren’t exactly blessed with a large transfer budget at this moment in time, but that shouldn’t be an issue for Cook, who has shown that he can get the best out of the players that are available to him.
Cook will be eager to prove a point.
As previously mentioned, Cook’s last spell in management was with Wigan Athletic. But he was unable to depart on a positive note, as they were relegated into League One.
But with off-the-field problems having an impact on results, it’s difficult to judge Cook after that relegation.
He’s clearly eager to get back into management in the near future though, and a move to Sheffield Wednesday could be the ideal opportunity for him to prove a point to any doubters that he currently has.