Sheffield Wednesday are no closer to appointing Tony Pulis’ successor despite the Welshman being sacked nearly three weeks ago, though a new name has emerged as a potential option at Hillsborough Stadium…
According to the Daily Mail, two-time promotion winner Slavisa Jokanovic is in the running for the vacant Owls job, as the current Al-Gharafa boss eyes a return to management in England.
It’s claimed that the 52-year-old would welcome another chance to return to the country and with his family still based in Europe, which should hopefully see Euro 2021 take place this year for which pitchinvasion.net offer betting markets, Jokanovic has already decided to leave the Qatari outfit at the end of their current campaign.
This could potentially be a dream appointment for Dejphon Chansiri and fans alike.
When the Thai businessman took over from Milan Mandaric in March 2015, he targeted a return to the Premier League within the following two years – well, nearly six years later, they’re heading towards the third tier rather than towards the top-flight.
That said, the Owls came close to getting promoted twice under Carlos Carvalhal during the first 18 months under Chansiri’s stewardship.
Jokanovic has won promotion from the Championship twice in his career, first with Watford in 2014/15 by finishing in second place, and then in 2018 with Fulham, winning the playoffs.
If the Owls can stay up, then perhaps there isn’t a more perfect candidate to match the ambitions of Chansiri, even if it’s taken three times longer that his initial targeted timescale .
It certainly seems like the Yugoslavian is one of the top options for the Hillsborough faithful too as many fans flocked to social media to throw their support behind the potential appointment, as seen below:
Would take Jokanovic in a heartbeat #SWFC
— Owls Football (@OwlsFooty) January 18, 2021
Jokanovic would be a good shout for #swfc let’s see what happens
— Oh Hiya (@Wisbey82) January 18, 2021
Jokanovic into the mix. Excites me more than anyone. Proven track record in the Championship. Loves to score goals 🙌🏻 #swfc
— Ollie Black (@oblackx) January 18, 2021
This would be a brilliant appointment and very impressive if we managed to pull it off.
— Simon Rowlands (@Si1404) January 18, 2021
Would be over the moon if we pulled this one off. Remember watching that Fulham and they didn’t half play some nice football at times.
— ChegTheOwl1867 (@COwl1867) January 18, 2021
He really would be a great appointment.
— Todd Bailey (@therealtbailey) January 18, 2021
Indeed, it’s easy to see why so many supporters would be absolutely thrilled with Jokanovic.
Across 180 combined matches in charge of the Hornets and Cottagers, the former Chelsea midfielder managed a win-rate of 46.6%.
His Fulham side were also once dubbed the “Man City of the Championship,” which would be a stark contrast to the negative football that was on offer under Pulis, which is another thing that would appease Chansiri immensely.
After sacking the 63-year-old, Chansiri told reporters in a press conference, via talkSPORT: “I was not convinced about his style of play so it was not the right choice,” before adding: “I told him I don’t like the old English style but he told me he wouldn’t play like that.”
Jordi Cruyff’s praise of Jokanovic shows why Wednesday would be getting a fresh attacking style if they hired him, he told the Guardian: “He does like to play from behind but he also likes to adapt himself to moments that he might not have control of. I think his reading of the game was very good.”
Also dubbed “intimidating,” the former Fulham man could be exactly what the Owls need to achieve their long-term ambitions, but first, they must fully dig themselves out of the relegation mire.