A plethora of names have been thrown into the mix for the Sheffield Wednesday job.
From experienced gaffers and promising young guns, to fan favourites, familiar faces and complete unknowns.
Below we take a look at five different options for the Owls...
The Bookies’ Favourite: Tony Pulis
It’s Tony Pulis who is currently the odds-on favourite for the post.
We all know how quickly these things can change, especially in the immediate few days after a sacking. However, for the moment it's Pulis who leads the way, and his presence at the top of the betting has substance too, with the BBC reporting that he’s already in talks with the club.
In his last job in management Pulis replaced Garry Monk at Middlesbrough, and now history could well repeat itself at Sheffield Wednesday.
You can read more about a potential Pulis appointment here.
The Fan Favourite: Nigel Pearson
To many fans, Nigel Pearson is the logical choice.
Pearson is their former League Cup winning captain. He lives in Sheffield. He’s available for hire. He has previously won promotion out of the Championship; something which has infamously eluded the Owls. And he recently revealed that he’s seeking an opportunity that grabs him.
“It’s really important for me to commit to something,” Pearson told The Guardian last week. “I’ll only really know when either an opportunity comes along or if I feel that grab inside myself. It quite literally could be anything, apart from mucking the stables out. I’m not doing that!”
Surely this is THAT opportunity.
At 6/1 he looks decent value.
Could Ryan Lowe return to The Owls as manager?
The Young Gun: Ryan Lowe
If Sheffield Wednesday are interested in plucking managerial talent from the EFL, then Ryan Lowe would be an obvious attraction.
The 42-year-old has enjoyed an incredible start to his managerial career, having won two promotions in his first two full seasons in the dugout. The first came at Bury, with whom he took back into League One, then with the club’s future in doubt he returned to League Two in the summer of 2019, and repeated his promotion feat with Plymouth.
The Green Army are in fine form this season two, up in 8th in the third-tier, three points off the play-off places and a further point off the automatic spots.
It’s also worth noting that Lowe played for Sheffield Wednesday during the club’s 2011/12 promotion winning season back to the Championship.
He’s a potentially tasty 16/1 shot to return to Hillsborough as manager.
The Wild Card: Laszlo Balint
We’ll be the first to admit that we had to do a double-take and then a little bit of managerial research when we spotted that Laszlo Balint had entered into the betting at 16/1.
If we’re being completely honest we are currently unsure of the link between Balint and the Owls, as this is someone who has spent his entire managerial career to date in Romania, the majority of which has been in the country’s second and third tiers.
However, he’s currently managing in the Romanian top-flight for the first time with UTA Arad, a club he won promotion with in his first season in charge (2019/20), while his side are currently 7th in the table after 10 games.
If you’re after a nugget of information, The Star reporter Alex Miller has revealed that during Balint’s playing days he was managed by former Sheffield Wednesday defender Dan Petrescu, at Unirea Urziceni.
Benito Carbone is 50/1 to get the Sheffield Wednesday job. Please give it to him. He’s so aggressively handsome. We’d win games simply because the opposition all got lost in his eyes.#swfc pic.twitter.com/ALajLAsrt4— Rich Owens’ Sad Geography Kickflip (@RichDangerOwens) November 10, 2020
The Returning Hero: Benito Carbone
“Obviously, Sheffield is in my heart because I stayed there for three years and we did a great job,” Benito Carbone told Planet Football last month.
The Owls’ Player of the Season (1998/99) was a huge hit at the club during his playing days, where his partnership with fellow Italian Paolo Di Canio lit up the Premier League.
Carbone has spent the last decade in-and-out of management; at Italian sides Pavia, Varese, Saint-Christophe Vallée d'Aoste, Pro Sesto and Ternana, while he briefly worked as a ‘Special Consultant’ at Leeds in 2014.
Carbone, who in the past has not been shy in stating that he wants the Sheffield Wednesday job, has not managed outright in nearly four years, instead taking up the role as an assistant at Crotone, Venezia, and currently the Azerbaijan national team.
He’s a 33/1 outsider for the Owls post, the same price as his old mucker Di Canio.
We profiled Paul Cook on Monday - you can read the piece here - when the former Wigan boss was the early favourite for the boss. He remains in contention at 6/1.
The 16/1-priced duo of Phil Neville and Sol Campbell are both reportedly being considered for the Championship post, while Danny Cowley and David Wagner also feature.