Sheffield Wednesday are still yet to appoint Tony Pulis’ successor despite the Welshman being sacked over two weeks ago by Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri.
The south Yorkshiremen are looking for their fifth manager in three years, and even their third of the current campaign after firing Garry Monk back in November.
Several names have been linked to the vacant managerial role, and we know of at least two names who have applied – Thorsten Fink, formerly of Bayern Munich, and someone who Wednesday fans will know a lot better in Paul Cook.
Indeed, according to YorkshireLive’s Dom Howson, the 53-year-old has put his name forward in the past week. He’s even spoken out about the potential of taking the helm.
Whilst on Sky Sports duties, he said (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,” before adding: “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 could well be the ideal candidate to salvage what’s left of Wednesday’s abysmal campaign.
He has been out of work since leaving Wigan Athletic at the end of the 2019/20 season, though he was powerless to stop their relegation following a 12-point deduction of their own.
The former Portsmouth man would resign at the DW Stadium as a result having earned them promotion just two seasons earlier. Overall, Cook managed a pretty decent win-rate of 41.9% considering their struggles.
But for that sanction, the Latics would have survived a Championship relegation battle for the second successive year under his tenure, so you can see why he’d be a perfect choice for Chansiri with the Owls in similar peril.
Wednesday may be unbeaten in four matches since Neil Thompson took interim charge, but they still only sit out of the drop zone on goal difference and two of the three teams below them have at least one game in hand too.
If Chansiri wants a saviour from this crisis, then Cook appears to be the one, so he must strike now, especially with no match for another ten days.
Hiring Cook could certainly help revive the Owls.