In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former EFL marksman Dean Windass has dropped a bombshell about recently-appointed Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis.
The 62-year-old was appointed as Garry Monk’s successor a little over a month ago, but the ex-Hull City talisman believes he didn’t even want the job despite signing on the dotted line.
On Saturday afternoon, the Owls finally picked up their first win under Pulis, defeating Coventry City 1-0 at Hillsborough Stadium to move off the bottom of the Championship.
Although, his overall record thus far also reads three draws and five defeats.
Wednesday weren’t short on options as the likes of former player Nigel Pearson, ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and even old foe Danny Cowley were linked with the job.
Dejphon Chansiri chose Pulis in the end.
However, Windass claims the veteran wasn’t really keen on taking the helm in south Yorkshire…
He told FFC:
“The chairman obviously decided to have a change, to bring Tony Pulis in.
“I don’t think he really wanted the job, Tony, I think that there were other candidates, but obviously he ended up taking the job.
“It’s been a struggle, they’ve only won one game [under him].”
After defeating the Sky Blues, the Owls moved to within five points of safety, so evidently, there is still a lot of work to be done to salvage their place in the English second-flight.
Since relegation from the Premier League over 20 years ago, Wednesday have twice been relegated to League One but have seen a return within two seasons both times.
The last time coming in 2012 when Dave Jones guided the Yorkshiremen to a second-place finish under Milan Mandaric.
There are now just 26 matches left for Pulis to turn things around at Hillsborough.