Sheffield Wednesday appear to be moving closer to finding Tony Pulis’ successor at Hillsborough, according to recent reports this weekend.
The Welshman was sacked by owner Dejphon Chansiri after just ten matches in charge just over two weeks ago, leaving the Thai businessman looking for his fifth Owls manager in three years.
Several names have been linked with the role, but talkSPORT have claimed that Paul Cook “is in talks” with the Yorkshire outfit over the vacant managerial role.
The 53-year-old was quizzed about the speculation during a punditry stint on Sky Sports, and he told viewers (via YorkshireLive):
“It is very, very flattering to be linked. I am an out of work manager and I am desperate to get back into football. You miss the day to day of the dressing room, good or bad. The interaction with the players. Sheffield Wednesday is an absolutely massive football club. It would be a fantastic club for anyone to manage so while I’m being linked with it, it is obviously very flattering.”
Cook has been out of work since leaving troubled Wigan Athletic at the end of the 2019/20 campaign which saw the Latics relegated to League One.
He revealed to talkSPORT (via Wigan Today) that he resigned over the sale of players behind his back, claiming that “the reality is you’re not managing the club anymore.”
The former Portsmouth and Chesterfield boss accrued a 41.9% win-rate at the Owls’ former league rivals having led them to the Championship in his first season in charge.
Interestingly, his first-ever signing at the club was current Wednesday sensation Chey Dunkley, whilst during his time there, he also managed Josh Windass, though the two departed on acrimonious terms.
The 27-year-old forward told his followers on Twitter that he left because “me and the manager didn’t see eye to eye,” so surely the potential appointment of Cook at Hillsborough spells disaster for Windass.
As revealed to us by his dad, Dean, earlier this week, the former Rangers ace is currently out injured for at least the next week with a grade one hamstring tear before adding:
“He’s a bit gutted you know, but there’s been a lot of games and there’s been a lot of injuries in every club. He’s a quick, explosive runner so you’re going to get injuries like that.”
Currently, Windass has played a crucial part under all of Garry Monk, Pulis and caretaker Neil Thompson, scoring three goals from 18 starts, via WhoScored, which makes him their second top goalscorer in the league thus far.
If Cook were to get the job, they’d surely have to put behind their differences behind them otherwise there could be trouble ahead for the £15k-per-week gem.
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