After Dave Jones’ sacking 2 and a half weeks ago, Sheffield Wednesday are searching for a new manager. We have a look at the bookies top five favourites:
5. Neil Warnock – 20/1 – Even after ruling himself out of contention for the job, the bookies still have the ex Sheffield United manager, the Owls rivals, up in the top five for the job. In my opinion, Warnock would do a good job with the players he would have to work with and the funds. I also think he would save the struggling side from relegation.
4. Paolo Di Canio – 16/1 – The ex Sunderland manager is the bookies fourth favourite to get the vacant position at Hillsborough. However, in my opinion, I just can’t see the Sheffield club being able to pull off the deal with the rampant Italian. Di Canio had a few good spells at Sunderland such as beating local rivals Newcastle in the Premier League, but he got the sack after a string of bad results.
3. Stuart Pearce – 10/1 – Pearce has had top flight managerial experience with Manchester City after his caretaker role after Kevin Keegan left, turned into the permanent job due to a good string of results. He got the sack in 2007 and became the England U21 manager for a six year spell. However, after a poor Euro Championships in the summer, the FA said they would not be renewing his contract. I think Pearce would do a good job at Wednesday and would keep them out of trouble, table wise, but again, I just can’t see it being pulled off.
2. Alex McLeish – 8/1 – McLeish has been out of managerial work since 5th February after he left Nottingham Forest by mutual consent. He’s had a varied managerial career starting at Motherwell in 1994 and, as I say, finishing his last job at Nottingham Forest in February. In my opinion, I think McLeish would be the most likely to go to Wednesday out of the other three candidates. He’s been unemployed and I think he’d relish the challenge of being the manager Sheffield Wednesday.
1. Stuart Gray – 1/3 – Current interim manager Stuart Gray is the bookies favourite to take the vacant manager position. Gray, a coach at the Sheffield club after being appointed by Dave Jones after being one of his backroom staff at Southampton, was put into caretaker charge following the sacking of former boss Dave Jones. In my opinion, Gray wouldn’t be the right man for the job, I don’t think he’d do a better job than the former boss purely because he has no managerial experience. So far, there has been no official announcement of when a new manager is going to be revealed, it’s currently a waiting game for a new manager.