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‘I feel it’s a little bit disrespectful’ – Update emerges involving Paul Cook and Sheffield Wednesday: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Paul Cook has turned down the offer of the Sheffield Wednesday manager job, according to The Athletic.

The former Wigan Athletic boss is out of work at present but has been heavily linked with the vacant role at Hillsborough.

Neil Thompson is doing a decent job on an interim basis, however reports have now claimed that Cook has rejected the chance to take the job on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

But was Cook right to turn down the vacancy?

The team at FLW have their say…

George Dagless

I’m not that surprised actually.
I think Cook wants a job where his longer-term future is assured as much as it can be and I just sense that he feels at Wednesday things are too volatile at the moment and have the potential to combust.
I think he would have been a good appointment for the Owls but it’s clear they didn’t want to commit long-term – perhaps fair enough given their current uncertain situation in the league – and so it makes sense for Cook to not get involved.
His stock is perhaps at its highest at the moment given the job he did at Wigan despite their woes and it’s obvious to me he wants to use that to land a good job with stability, I don’t think you can criticise him for that.

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George Harbey

I don’t blame Cook, and to be honest, it feels a little bit disrespectful.

I think he’s an excellent manager who deserves huge credit for the job he did at Wigan last season, steering them well clear of relegation before administration hit.

He knows how to be successful having won promotion with Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan, and he deserves the chancer to take charge of a stable Championship club.

Offering a short-term deal is slightly disrespectful, in my view. It suggests that the Owls don’t want to commit to a long-term project and would rather bring Cook in to keep them up.

He will be looking for a stable club to manage.

Jake Sanders

When the vacant Sheffield Wednesday job became available, I really thought Paul Cook would be the Owls’ first-choice appointment.

So it hasn’t been a surprise to see his name regularly mentioned.

However, I’m not remotely shocked to see him turn down Wednesday’s short-term offer.

Following his departure from Wigan, Cook is clearly keen on returning to management, but their offer clearly isn’t very appealing, which is understandable.

He’s spent a decent amount of time at each of his previous three clubs, so obviously wants some sort of job stability.


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