In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Carlton Palmer told us that he thinks The Owls’ current interim manager, Neil Thompson, will stay in charge at the club until the end of the season.
The South Yorkshire outfit are looking for their fifth permanent manager in three years and their third of the season after owner Dejphon Chansiri sacked Tony Pulis after only 45 days in charge at the end of last month.
Thompson has been at the Owls for several years, leading the U23 squad to glory in 2016/17 and was also an assistant to Dave Jones.
Under his temporary leadership so far, they are yet to lose in the Championship whilst Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round exit to Premier League giants Everton was their first defeat in five outings.
However, the 57-year-old – if appointed permanently – would still have a lot of work to do to turn Wednesday’s fortunes around as they remain six points adrift of safety in the Championship.
The Owls have been linked with several managers in the past month, ranging from former Wigan man Paul Cook to two-time promotion winner Slavisa Jokanovic, whilst other linked names include sacked Watford boss Vladimir Ivic, current Doncaster manager Darren Moore and former Bayern Munich midfielder Thorsten Fink.
Palmer believes the most likely outcome is that current caretaker Thompson will get the job until the end of the current campaign, at least…
He told FFC:
“I think that is the likely outcome, that he will get it until the end of the season. That’s what I think.
“As big a job as Sheffield Wednesday is – and it is a big club and a fantastic club – I think because of the history now that Chansiri has shown, and managers speak [to each other], which top manager is going to take that job?”
Thompson’s only other managerial experience has come in lower-league and non-league football, managing the likes of York City, Scarborough and Boston United, all over 15 years ago.
It could certainly be seen as a risk to appoint him for the long-term, even if the results have been hugely positive under his tenure, given his lack of experience, but Palmer thinks that is what is going to happen.
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