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‘A good appointment for where we are’ – Sheffield Wednesday pundit backs latest club target

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Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Thomas Fogg has suggested that Tony Pulis would be a good appointment if the Owls were to hire him as their new manager.

Caretaker manager Lee Bullen has led Wednesday since Steve Bruce left to join Newcastle United in the summer but after a fantastic start, the side have now lost three of their last four games under the Scotsman.

According to The Sun, the Yorkshire club may look to bring in Pulis if the poor run in form continues.

The Welshman is a very experienced manager in the Championship, with nearly 250 games under his belt in the English second tier, and has been out of a job since leaving Middlesbrough in May.

Fogg suggested that at this point in time, Pulis could be a good fit for Wednesday.

He said: “There is always going to be limitations when hiring Pulis, but I think he would be a good appointment for where we are currently and his strengths seem to also be our weaknesses.

“Despite a solid start to the campaign results-wise, there are some obvious limitations with the current set-up.

“We have shown naivety in games and always look likely to give away soft goals.

“(Tom) Lees and (Julian) Borner looks to be a solid partnership with the latter making a positive start to his Wednesday career but there are obvious concerns in the full-back area and given Lee Bullen was a defender, it’s a surprise to see so many basic errors in this area – you’d like to think Pulis would sort this out.

“We are pretty rigid going forward as it stands so his reputation for one dimensional attacking doesn’t concern me too greatly.

“Out of the potential options for the club (assuming Chris Hughton has turned it down), I would prefer Pulis to Gary Rowett or Garry Monk and given I think we need a manager with Championship experience, that doesn’t leave many other options aside from him and maybe Alex Neil, whose teams are usually hard to beat too.

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“I’m sure the fans would react positively to Pulis as they did to Bruce and given (Dejphon) Chansiri only gives managers one-year rolling contracts, it could put us in a solid position on the field ahead of next summer when we will see another high turnover of players with many out of contract.”

Fogg added that with the Owl’s next game not until Sunday 15th September due to the international break, now could be the ideal time to make the change.

He explained: “If Pulis is the man Chansiri wants, it makes perfect sense to bring him in now.

“The QPR performance was well below par and as we now have two weeks until the next game, it makes sense.”

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