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Familiar face in the mix for Sheffield Wednesday vacancy

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Lee Bullen has announced that he is interested in becoming the Sheffield Wednesday manager on a permanent basis.

The former Wednesday player was made caretaker boss following the departure of Steve Bruce, and having spent 12 years at the club in different capacities, he feels now is the right time for him to take the hot seat.

He has twice taken over managerial responsibilities on a caretaker basis, but in his combined eight games in charge he has won just three games, and with The Owls setting their sights on the play-offs it is unlikely they will opt for a manager with little experience.

The club have been linked with Daniel Stendel, Gary Rowett, Chris Coleman and Garry Monk, but Bullen believes he is the right man for the job.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, he said: “I think I would be ready for it.

“I’m delighted to be doing the job for whatever spell that is, I loved doing it the previous two times as well.

“It’s an honour to be in this role for this club from my point of view, because I see it as my club now as well.”

The Verdict

Bullen knows the club better than most but he has only managed eight games in his career, and has never had a full-time managerial role.

He would be a great sounding board as an assistant to a more experienced manager. He would be able to give insight into the club to a new manager who may not be too familiar with the squad or fan expectation, so that is the most suitable role for him.

It would be great to see him given an opportunity but right now it is too great a risk due to the club’s ambitions for the season ahead.

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