Sheffield Wednesday have sounded out former Dinamo Bucharest manager Cosmin Contra over the vacant managerial job at the club and have added Pep Clotet to their shortlist, but the Owls are no closer to appointing a potential candidate, per Sky Sports.
The Owls have been searching for a new manager since sacking Tony Pulis at the end of December after just ten matches in charge of the club. Neil Thompson has taken charge of the side and has seen results improve with four vital home wins helping to ease some of the immediate pressure on the club to appoint a permanent manager.
It has been reported that the likes of former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has been on the shortlist. However, recent comments from owner Dejphon Chansiri have somewhat poured cold water on any likelihood of him getting the job.
Also on the shortlist are Henk ten Cate and Vladimir Ivic, while former Birmingham City boss Clotet is also on there, but all three are put off by the job only being available until the end of the campaign, per Sky Sports. While Contra has also been sounded out for the role, but while the 45-year-old is keen on the job, Chansiri is in no rush to decide at this stage, per Sky Sports.
This situation is starting to turn into something of a farce for the Owls, with the situation on the managerial hunt no closer to being resolved. It seems that Cook was a main contender for the position but that now looks very unlikely to be happening, while Ivic, Clotet and Ten Cate want to be assured of a longer period at Sheffield Wednesday than just until the end of the campaign.
The quality of candidates they can attract for the job might be seriously impacted by the short term nature of the role being offered. It seems Contra might want the role, but the 45-year-old would be a risky appointment for sure having no experience of the Championship unlike all three of Cook, Clotet and to a lesser extent Ivic.
Contra has already had nine managerial jobs in his career since taking his first job in 2010, but he has only managed more than 50 games at a single one of those positions once with Romanian side Petrolul Ploiești. He has also managed the likes of Getafe, who he helped avoid relegation, and also two spells with Dinamo Bucharest and the Romanian national team. He has experience of the sort of short-term role the Owls are offering.