Who will replace Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 July 2019, 11:39

Steve Bruce is the new Newcastle manager after leaving his post at Sheffield Wednesday.

Bruce has subsequently landed his eleventh job in the managerial arena, and third within the last year.

The Owls only appointed Bruce in January, although he didn’t take charge of the club until February due to personal reasons.

But Wednesday have now been forced to open up the search for their fourth manager in just over 18 months, and here at The Sack Race we take a look at the early contenders in the next Sheffield Wednesday manager market.

Gianfranco Zola

The Italian, who has emerged as the new frontrunner in the betting, is currently out-of-work after leaving Chelsea earlier this month following the appointment of Frank Lampard as manager.

Zola has previously held five managerial posts, including spells at West Ham and Watford, but has not been seen in the dugout since 2017 when he endured a woeful 24 game tenure at Birmingham, during which he won only two games.

Chris Hughton

When the market opened up on Monday it was Hughton who was instantly installed as the favourite, much to the delight of many Owls fans on social media. Hughton is currently out of work and has twice led clubs into the Premier League (Brighton and Newcastle), while in four full seasons in the Championship he’s never finished outside of the top-4.

However, the former Brighton boss could already be out of the running, with the Mirror stating that he feels like it’s not the right job or the right time. If Wednesday can change his mind, early indication suggests that an appointment would be popular with supporters.

Fatih Tekke

Plenty of Owls fans will be googling ‘Fatih Tekke’ after the Turkish boss was propelled into the betting. Since 2015 the 41-year-old has zoomed through five different clubs in his homeland.

He spent nine games at the helm of Kayseri Erciyesspor, then 13 matches in charge of each of Boluspor, Manisaspor, and Denizlispor. His most recent stint was at Istanbulspor, where he oversaw 27 games from June 2018 through to March.

Lee Bullen

Coaches Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew will follow Bruce up to the Toon, but Bullen has remained loyal to Wednesday. He has twice overseen the first team in a caretaker capacity, the first of which was in December 2017 following the departure of Carlos Carvalhal (W1 D1 L2), then a year later he was thrust into the spotlight again after Jos Luhukay was sent packing (W2 D2 L0).

Unlikely to be given the permanent job but the former skipper will look to steady the ship until the club finds a full-time successor to Bruce.

Garry Monk

The third former Birmingham manager who features in the top echelons of the betting. Monk first came to prominence with Swansea, while he’s since had three jobs in three years, but is currently unemployed following his surprise Birmingham exit last month.

Did well in difficult circumstances at St Andrews and will no doubt be back in management sooner rather than later.

Daniel Stendel

Could Sheffield Wednesday snatch Daniel Stendel from Yorkshire rivals Barnsley?

Unlikely, but there’s no doubt that the Tykes have a German gem in their clutches, who orchestrated their promotion into the Championship last season.

Only two weeks ago Stendel - who was involved in a bust-up with Joey Barton in April - reiterated his desire to stay at Barnsley, and fans will be hoping he stays true to his word should their county rivals come calling.

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