Odds next Sheffield Wednesday Manager
Sheffield Wednesday next manager after Steve Bruce
At the time of writing, the managerial position at Sheffield Wednesday is unoccupied. The previous incumbent, Steve Bruce, left the club recently in order to fill the space left at Newcastle United by Rafa Benitez. Bruce himself had only been in the Sheffield Wednesday job for a matter of months before deciding to take the position in the Premier League.
According to bookies' odds, there are a number of frontrunners for the role. Former Wales and Sunderland boss Chris Coleman is the favourite followed closely by the current caretaker boss Lee Bullen. Many Wednesday fans might consider Coleman to be the more attractive of the two propositions. Coleman is best known for his incredible success with the Welsh national side who he guided to the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2016. They only lost out to Portugal by the narrowest of margins. The Portuguese side would, of course, go on to win the tournament. His Wales side returned home as heroes and Coleman had a whole host of managerial options available to him.
Premier League and Championship clubs were both vying for his services. Coleman would ultimately choose the North East, joining Sunderland. He struggled with Sunderland, who had only recently been relegated from the Premier League the previous season. He had the job of offloading a number of players who were commanding frankly ridiculous salaries as well as trying to mend the relationship between player and fan which had been suffering for a number of years. He was not able to do this and he was dismissed before the Black Cats eventual relegation. Appointing Coleman may be something of a gamble, but he is one of the more well-regarded names in the running for the job at this moment in time
Another name which many have speculated could be the answer for the Owls is Nigel Pearson. A fiery character, Pearson’s managerial highlight was his successes with Leicester. He is widely credited with laying the foundations for their sensational Premier League win which shocked the world in 2016. He had led the Foxes out of the Championship two seasons prior to the triumph and had built a team with fantastic spirit and guile. In his first season as a Premier League boss, Pearson masterminded an incredible relegation survival saga. Leicester at one point looked dead and buried but they were able to rescue themselves, winning nearly all of their last 10 games in the division. Pearson has since managed Derby County and OH Leuven in Belgium. His personality makes his appointment a risk for Wednesday but it is clear that he is a magnificent manager when the conditions are in place for him
Tony Pulis is another who has been loosely linked with the job. Pulis’s no-nonsense footballing has not endeared him to fans of teams he has managed, with the notable exception of Stoke City with whom he worked for over a decade. While the game he plays may not be particularly attractive however, Pulis has a good reputation and tends to get results with his teams. His is an appointment which might not fill Wednesday fans with excitement, but, in terms of risk versus reward, the board at the Yorkshire club may well consider him to be the most practical option available to them at this moment in time.
Lee Bullen, the current caretaker manager at Sheffield Wednesday, has been touted to take the job on a permanent basis. However, the precedent for this is simply not there. Bullen has never held a permanent senior position, as a manager at least, with any football club. This is his third stint in charge of Wednesday on a temporary basis - he took over briefly in the 2017/18 season and then again the following campaign - but the board are yet to see enough in the Scot to convince them that he is a suitable candidate for the position. With the beginning of the season fast approaching, however, this may be his best possible chance of getting the job - Owls' fans will be growing uneasy that with mere weeks till the Championship kicks off, they are yet to appoint a gaffer and consequently have only a loose plan of action in place for the coming season.
Wednesday fans will be hoping that they can build on their 12th place finish last campaign, whoever takes the job.