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Former Sheffield Wednesday player offers Owls advice on new managerial selection

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Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Graham Coughlan says his former club should consider looking to hire Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman as their new manager.

The Owls have been searching for a new boss since Steve Bruce left to join Newcastle United in the summer.

The Championship side have called a news conference for later on Friday afternoon, which could possibly see that search come to an end, and Bristol Rovers manager Coughlan, has seemingly thrown a late name into the ring for his former club to consider.

Speaking ahead of his side’s League One clash with Accrington Stanley on Saturday, Coughlan – who made 56 appearances for Wednesday between 2005 and 2007 – has suggested that his opposite number in the dugout this weekend, should be considered for the main role at Hillsborough, as he told Bristol Live: “When you’ve got a manager in John Coleman and an assistant manager in Jimmy Bell, it always amazes me how these jobs come up in England, these big jobs, and they’re very rarely mentioned.

“My son’s team, Sheffield Wednesday, are looking here, there and everywhere at the moment, but half an hour, 45 minutes across the tops, there’s a perfectly good manager in John Coleman.”

Explaining his reasons for suggesting Coleman as someone for Wednesday to consider, Coughlan added: “He’s very underrated and, over the last two seasons, I voted for him for manager of the year.

“He’s an excellent bloke, first and foremost, and a really top manager, what he’s done at that football club is extraordinary and a minor miracle.

“He should get a lot more praise than he does. He has his teams working hard, they work their socks off and obviously enjoy playing for him.”

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Coleman is currently in his second spell in charge of Accrington manager, having previously overseen the club between 1999 and 2012.

He then returned to Accrington in 2014, and in 2017, saw them promoted to League One as League Two champions, before guiding them to a 14th place finish in English football’s third tier last season.

The Verdict

This is an interesting call from Coughlan.

In many ways, I can understand what he is saying about Coleman here, given he has quite frankly worked wonders in getting a club the size of Accrington into League One, and then keeping in the division last season.

That being said, I do think there would be more than a few concerns about Coleman’s lack of experience at Championship level were he to make the step up with Wednesday, who are likely to be looking to push on from the division sooner rather than later.

Indeed, with a press conference at Wednesday imminent, it does feel as though Coleman’s chance has been and gone for the time being anyway, regardless of whether he wanted it or not.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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