Sheffield Wednesday advanced into the next round of the FA Cup this weekend, seeing off the challenge from lower league opposition, though they remain without a permanent manager.
The Owls are looking for their fifth boss in three years following the sudden sacking of Tony Pulis over two weeks ago, chairman Dejphon Chansiri pulled the trigger after just one win in ten matches under his tenure.
Although according to talkSPORT this weekend, the Yorkshiremen have opened talks with Paul Cook over the vacant managerial role.
He was even quizzed about the possibility of taking over at Hillsborough Stadium whilst on pundit duties for Sky Sports, 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.”
The Athletic have also claimed that the 53-year-old was in the running the first time before Chansiri hired Pulis.
Cook has been out of work since departing Wigan Athletic at the end of the 2019/20 season, he resigned citing the club’s off-the-field problems as a major factor to talkSPORT (via Wigan Today).
He was the man to bring the Latics up the Championship and recorded an overall record of 65 wins from 155 matches (41.9%).
And there will be one name eager to see him appointed, that being Chey Dunkley, who was Cook’s first-ever signing at the DW Stadium.
The 6 foot 2 titan was one of his star performers too – when fit – in 117 appearances under him, Dunkley scored 13 goals whilst during the 2018/19 season, he averaged a whopping 6.2 clearances and 5.8 aerial duels won, per WhoScored.
Those figures are the best of his career of matches recorded by the statistical website.
Indeed, Cook could bring the very best back out of the Owls summer signing, especially as they have leaked 23 goals in 23 matches so far this season.
Former Latics teammate Sam Morsy lauded the 28-year-old “unbelievable” due to his aerial ability and goalscoring record, also claiming that he’s “lethal” in one-on-one situations.
He would surely benefit more than any other player at Hillsborough and that could be a major game-changer for their bid to avoid the drop.
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