Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly close to appointing Tony Pulis as their new manager with the two parties now sorting out the finer details.
Garry Monk was sacked by the Yorkshire club at the start of the week and a string of names have been linked as his replacement, including Sol Campbell, Paul Cook, Ryan Lowe, and Eddie Howe.
It was reported earlier in the week, however, that the club were in advanced talks with Pulis over taking charge.
According to BBC Sheffield’s Andy Giddings, the Welshman is still expected to be named the Owls’ new boss.
It is understood only the finer details now need to be sorted for Pulis and his coaching staff as swift talks have been ongoing for some time now.
He looks set to take charge of a Wednesday side that are one place above the bottom in the Championship, meaning his record of having never been relegated may be under threat.
The 62-year-old’s record at Championship level is strong – having helped Stoke City secure promotion previously and taken Middlesbrough close to the play-offs more recently – but he has been criticised for his defensive tactics in the past.
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It seems at this point it is a matter of when and not if Pulis is appointed as the Wednesday manager, with talks in very late stages.
His arrival is not the most ambitious or exciting next step for the Hillsborough faithful but he is a safe pair of hands and should get the club moving in the right direction once again.
The club will surely look to wrap things up sooner rather than later.