11 November 2020 10:34
Get the latest Sheffield Wednesday news and updates on the hunt for a new manager after Garry Monk's exit delivered straight to your inbox - sign up for free email updates Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email That sentiment hasn't ever been more true for Dejphon Chansiri and Sheffield Wednesday. With Garry Monk's tenure over after seven wins in 34 matches, the next man at the helm still has an almighty task to steer them away from relegation despite the club having their points deduction halved. Wednesday fans have been vocal, as always, about their preferred candidates to replace Monk. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now Paul Cook is amongst those in the running for the Owls hot seat having left Wigan Athletic at the end of last season. The 53-year-old has won three promotions in his last three jobs and whilst that may be the long-term vision for Sheffield Wednesday, the here and now is focussing on avoiding the drop.
Cook almost pulled off the great escape with Wigan last term, who were eventually relegated on the final day of the season having suffered a 12-point deduction for entering administration. The former Chesterfield and Portsmouth boss was visibly emotional as his side succumbed to League One, having rallied a team spirit that saw players put aside their own financial wellbeing to fight for the cause. That sort of mentality has been badly lacking at Hillsborough and a likeable figure such as Cook, with a great CV to back up his credentials, could be a great pick. Of all those linked with the job, he is probably the most certain to get the Owls out of relegation danger this season. Let's not forget he led Stoke City into the Premier League and kept them there for five years before leaving in 2013. He succeeded Monk at Middlesbrough too, leaving the club after finishing seventh in 2018/19. Without losing sight of the mammoth task at hand, where does the club progress if Pulis were to keep them up? The football is marmite but is feels increasing as though the more direct style of play is less tolerable by fan bases, regardless of the results. Lee Johnson's stock has been high enough that he has been on the radar of Premier League clubs in the past. He struggled to get Bristol City over the line though with his team riddled with inconsistency during his time at Ashton Gate. Johnson was well backed at Bristol City both financially and in the board room but his inability to cement a top-six place cost him his job in July. Unlike Pulis, the doubts would be whether he has the credentials to fight off a relegation battle, rather than his long-term vision for the squad. Nigel Pearson has previously explained his reluctance to return to Hillsborough. He still lives in Sheffield and an emotional return to S6 may jeopardise a relationship with a fan base that adores their former skipper. His credentials and CV are proven, he led Leicester City to the Championship title, kept them up and laid the foundations for their fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016. Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter for next manager latest Why you should sign up? Sheffield Wednesday are on the lookout for a new manager following Garry Monk's departure. And we will have all the best reaction to the news, analysis and the latest on Dejphon Chansiri's search for a new manager. Each day at 3pm, a daily bulletin of all the latest news and best analysis from Dom Howson and Ricky Charlesworth will be sent to your inbox. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article or any article on the Sheffield Wednesday section of Yorkshire Live. For more details, click here. Having left Premier League Watford, would he drop back into the Championship? We saw Chris Hughton's reluctance to dive back in at second-tier level after he was dismissed by Brighton & Hove Albion before eventually taking up the Nottingham Forest job after biding his time for 12 months. Pearson's recent health scare, a serious battle with "long Covid" which saw him bedbound in August, could also be a factor in a decision to dive back in at the deep end. A bit of a wildcard but a big mover in the betting over Tuesday is former Huddersfield Town man David Wagner. The German boss is out of work having been sacked by Schalke at the end of September. He, of course, led the Terriers into the Premier League after his side beat the Owls in the semi-finals of the play-offs on penalties in 2017. Wagner kept Town in the Premier League before leaving January 2019, with the club looking destined for relegation. His Huddersfield connections might be too hard for some to look past but he does have a recent promotion on his CV, working with limited resources at the John Smith's Stadium. After a taste of the Premier League and then managing in the Bundesliga, would he fancy a stint back at second-tier level? After the international break is finished, Wednesday will aim to push up the table and string some wins together, starting with their trip to Preston North End a week on Saturday. For now, here's all the latest news and transfer gossip from the Championship.