Dom Howson spent some time talking about Sheffield Wednesday’s manager hunt during the most recent edition of Sheffield Wednesday podcast Singing The Blues.
On that topic, the journalist explained that if the Owls keep up their current run of form, “the best solution” for them with regard to appointing their next permanent manager may well be to give caretaker boss Neil Thompson the reins at Hillsborough for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign.
Academy manager Thompson took charge of the Yorkshire club’s first-team in a caretaker role following the sacking of Tony Pulis on 28th December and the Owls have won each of their three games in all competitions to have taken place since Pulis’ departure.
With the club’s current form already said to have convinced club owner and chairman Dejphon Chansiri that there’s ‘no rush’ with appointing the next permanent manager, per Alan Nixon, Howson had this to say on the possibility of Thompson staying in charge of the Yorkshire club for the rest of this season during the latest Singing The Blues podcast:
“If they were to win another match or two, then it puts the cat amongst the pigeons, doesn’t it? It does.
“I think that it goes back to what we’ve said before of where, why would you change it? So giving Neil Thompson the job until the end of the season would maybe seem like the best solution in the short term.
“So, yeah, that’s sort of how I feel right now, really. If the team carry on winning and continue to pull away from the relegation zone, then why would you change it? I don’t think there’s a rush to change it, in that sense.”
Should Thompson stay as Owls manager for the rest of this season?
TIF Thoughts on what Howson had to say about Thompson getting the Owls job…
The post-Pulis period thus far has seen Wednesday win three games in a row for the first time since their opening three games of the 2020/21 campaign.
With that in mind, you could certainly argue that it would be the right call for Chansiri to stick with Thompson for the rest of the season if the club wins another one or two games.
It could be risky to change a winning formula, especially when the Owls are in a relegation battle in the Championship, so sticking with what’s working could be a wise move for Chansiri and it will be interesting to see – should the Owls win another one or two games under Thompson – if that is the route the chairman opts to go down.