We’re only one day into November’s international break but already a Championship club have decided enough is enough and called time on their manager.
Less than a week after their points reduction was sliced in half - from -12 to -6 - Sheffield Wednesday have sacked boss Garry Monk, who has become the seventh EFL managerial casualty of the campaign, and the Championship’s third following October’s exits of Gerhard Struber (Barnsley) and Sabri Lamouchi (Nottingham Forest).
Changing managers is nothing new for the Owls who are now hunting for their fourth full-time boss in less than two years, with Paul Cook, Nigel Pearson, Danny Cowley and Eddie Howe among the early cluster of favourites in the next Sheffield Wednesday manager market.
Nigel Pearson’s appearance isn’t a surprise given that he’s a former Owls captain, who is available for hire, and is someone who crucially has experience of winning promotion out of the Championship, having done so with Leicester City back in 2014. He also reportedly lives in Sheffield.
Pearson, who has managed the likes of Southampton and Hull, was most recently sacked by Watford in July, with just two games of the Premier League season remaining.
As a player the fan-favourite helped Wednesday win promotion to the top-flight in 1991, a season in which the club also lifted the League Cup - the then second-tier side remain the last club outside of the top-flight to win a major English domestic cup.
Paul Cook has already been linked with every job going since he left Wigan in August. But while he’s seemingly not been interested in a League One or Two post, the new vacancy at Hillsborough could well grab his attention.
Sheffield Wednesday managers since 2010...— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) November 9, 2020
- Alan Irvine
- Gary Megson
- Dave Jones
- Stuart Gray
- Carlos Carvalhal
- Jos Luhukay
- Steve Bruce
- Garry Monk
The club will now search for their fourth manager in the last two years... 🦉👔#SWFC
Eddie Howe, who has been touted as a possible successor to the under-fire Neil Lennon at Celtic, is in the mix but whether he’ll fancy a return to the Championship is up to debate. A Premier League job seems more likely, although there aren’t any of those available, yet.
Elsewhere, a Yorkshire comeback could be on the cards for Danny Cowley, who left Huddersfield towards the end of last season.
Tony Pulis’ name also appears in the betting, as does Ryan Lowe who has enjoyed a superb start to his managerial career with Bury and now Plymouth, both of whom he led into League One in successive seasons.
Meanwhile, Carlos Carvalhal is a 25/1 outsider to make a surprise return to the club.