Sheffield Wednesday are back at square one as Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri searches for his third manager of the season following the shock sacking of Tony Pulis earlier this week…
Garry Monk was axed by the Thai businessman at the start of November due to the Owls’ poor run of form before he was quickly succeeded by Pulis, who has left after just ten matches in charge in south Yorkshire.
“Familiar names linked to the job when it became vacant just over a month ago, including Paul Cook and Danny Cowley and Ryan Lowe, the Plymouth Argyle manager, have once again been linked with the position, while Sven-Goran Eriksson retains an interest as The Athletic reported last month.”
On the face of it, Chansiri and Cook partnered together already looks like a disaster waiting to happen, considering how things went at the DW Stadium.
The 53-year-old resigned from the post after relegation on the final day of the season last term, and he has since claimed that he nearly went before that 1-1 draw with Fulham because the administrators sold a star player without his consent.
Cook has also revealed that he is “desperate” to return to management, as per talkSPORT (via Wigan Today).
With spells at Chesterfield and then Portsmouth, the former central midfield accrued a very impressive record – a League Two title in 2013/14 and playoff campaigns in 2014/15 and 2015/16 – but his record in the Championship isn’t great.
After gaining promotion from League One with the Latics, he managed only 28 wins from 92 matches (30.5%) and ultimately, took them back down – even if the circumstances were heavily against him.
That feels all too similar to the situation in south Yorkshire – points deductions, finances in a mess and likely contenders for relegation.
The Owls could be dealt further misery if Cook puts himself through all that again – if they do go down, then perhaps he’s the man for the job but for now, move on quickly.
AND in other news, Howard Wilkinson 2.0: Owls must appoint 42 y/o Tony Pulis’ successor