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The race to appoint a new manager at Sheffield Wednesday continues, with the Owls linked with a host of names as per the Mirror’s live transfer blog (July 17, 19.58pm), a list that includes former Wales boss Chris Coleman, who is currently the bookies favourite to land the role.
Coleman was last a manager in England last year when he was unable to stop Sunderland being relegated to League One, whilst most recently he was manager at Chinese side Hebei China Fortune, before departing at the end of the season.
So would Coleman be a good signing at the Owls?
“Wednesday need to steer well clear of this at all costs.
“Coleman is clearly a like-able figure but he has struggled when managing at club level – especially those with financial difficulties.
“His time with Sunderland was a car crash and, although Wednesday are not in as bad a situation as that, they certainly need someone with a better track record.
“Experience is a must in the next Owls’ appointment and I simply do not think Coleman possesses anywhere near enough of it.”
“I think this is one of the stronger names in the frame for the role, as Coleman has a point to prove.
“He has been unfortunate to be dismissed in some of his previous roles, and I also don’t think he can be judged for his stint at Sunderland as the club were in a mess before he took over.
“His success with Wales at Euro 2016 shows what he is capable of achieving, and his strong personality means he has a good chance of winning the fans over after Bruce’s unceremonious departure.
“The appointment would be considered something of a risk, but he will want to prove himself after his time at Sunderland and in China. It will be a difficult job for him to come in, but I think he will be up for the challenge.”
“Not in my eyes, I think Sheffield Wednesday need to take a slightly different direction when appointing Bruce’s successor.
“I’m not writing Coleman off after his job at Sunderland, but his next role in England is going to be about him rediscovering himself, which I’m not sure Wednesday can allow him to do.
“The Owls need a man to come in and pick up the pieces in a tricky situation, and that man is going to have to hit the ground running in my eyes.
“Coleman would need time, and I can’t see him being allowed it.”