Sheffield Wednesday are interested in appointing Tony Pulis as the club’s new manager, a report from The Sun has claimed.
The Owls have been without a boss since Steve Bruce’s controversial departure from Hillsborough to take charge of Premier League side Newcastle United earlier in the summer.
With the Championship season now six games old and the first international break of the season already upon us, you feel Wednesday will be keen to find a long term resolution to their managerial situation sooner rather than later.
So what impact would the potential appointment of Pulis have on Sheffield Wednesday?
There are a lot of things to consider with regards to such a move, so we’ve taken an in-depth look at it here, in our latest six point opinion piece.
Firstly, what’s the current managerial situation at Sheffield Wednesday?
“Since the departure of Steve Bruce, former Owls defender Lee Bullen has been working as interim manager at Hillsborough, the third time he has taken on the role.
“It has been a fairly solid start to the season for Wednesday under Bullen, with the club winning three and losing three of their opening six Championship games to sit 11th in the early Championship standings.
“Having ended last season in promising fashion under Bruce, however, you feel that there will be plenty around the club who will be expecting Wednesday to mount a more consistent push for the play-offs this season.”
How did Pulis fare in his last job?
“In fairness to Pulis he didn’t do all that badly on paper.
“The Welshman left Middlesbrough at the end of last season, when the club took the decision not to renew his contract at the Riverside Stadium.
“That may seem slightly harsh considering he had just guided to seventh in the Championship in his first full season in charge, although it seems as though there was much more to the decision than that.
“The ‘Boro faithful had made it perfectly clear that they were unhappy with their side’s style of play under Pulis, and considering only three teams – Stoke and relegated duo Bolton and Ipswich – found the net less in the league than the 49 times Pulis’ side did, you can certainly understand those frustrations.”
Is this the first time Wednesday have taken an interest in Pulis?
“If reports are to be believed, then no.
“It is thought that the Owls also enquired about Pulis in the immediate aftermath of Bruce’s departure for Newcastle, but that the 61-year-old was not interested in the role at that point.
“You therefore wonder whether this could be something of a concern for Wednesday, given they are now being linked with the same manager for the second time this summer, which may suggest they are running out of ideas slightly here.”
So would he be a good appointment for Wednesday?
“He could be.
“For all the criticism of his style of play, Pulis has always had a solid record wherever he has gone, and he is more than experienced enough to know how to compete at this level.
“With the season now well underway, you feel that a move such as this may soon become necessary for Wednesday, in order to offer them some more long term stability, and the chance to plan more clearly for the future.”
But would Pulis want the job?
“He might do.
“While it seems that Pulis was reluctant to move to Hillsborough in the initial aftermath of Bruce’s departure, he may now feel more ready to make a return to management after a break from the game.
“If that is the case, then Sheffield Wednesday could be a good fit for him.
“The Owls are certainly a big club, who will surely have ambitions of a return to the Premier League, something which would appeal to Pulis, as would the opportunity to get one over on his former clubs such as Stoke, West Brom and Middlesbrough during his time in the Championship.”
Finally, how will Sheffield Wednesday fans feel about this potential appointment?
“I imagine there will be some rather mixed feelings about this one around Hillsborough.
“On the one hand, you do feel that there will be a growing concern about the lack of a permanent manager at the club, and that is something the Owls faithful will likely be keen to see addressed sooner rather than later.
“However, in contrast to that, you do feel as though there may be similar concerns about the frustrations Middlesbrough supporters held around Pulis last season – despite a campaign that almost saw them reach the play-offs – and you wonder whether that may lead some of a Wednesday persuasion to feel that biding their time in search of an alternative may yet prove a more desirable approach.”