Dom Howson and James Marriott discussed all of the latest Sheffield Wednesday news on the most recent edition of Owls-focused podcast Singing The Blues and they spent some time talking about the Yorkshire club’s manager hunt during the show.
Wednesday have been without a permanent manager for over a month, with Tony Pulis getting sacked on 28th December and academy manager Neil Thompson taking charge of the Owls’ first-team in a caretaker role since then.
Paul Cook, who is currently without a club after leaving Wigan Athletic back in the summer, has applied for the vacant manager’s position at Hillsborough, but during this podcast, Howson shared that it’s unlikely he will become the Yorkshire club’s next manager.
The journalist explained: “My understanding is that talks have taken place with Paul Cook – and he said as much himself in a radio interview a couple of weeks ago – but Wednesday, they haven’t interviewed him for the job, they haven’t offered him the job.
“At the moment, I don’t see Paul Cook being Sheffield Wednesday’s next manager unless something truly remarkable happens.”
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Judging by a poll that was conducted by YorkshireLive earlier this month, Cook would be a popular Pulis successor amongst fans of the Yorkshire club.
It may be understandable why that is the case, as the 53-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success in his managerial career so far, winning League Two twice – with Chesterfield and Portsmouth, respectively – and winning League One once – with Wigan Athletic, so it may be fair to say that Cook has shown plenty of promise thus far in his managerial career.
It seems like the Owls’ owner and chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, has a different view, however, and if the Thai businessman is set to focus on alternative options to Cook for this position, as it seems he is based on what Howson has said, then it will be interesting to see who does end up in the Hillsborough hot seat, and what they bring to the table that the arguably promising candidate Cook doesn’t, with Chansiri, on the face of it, putting plenty of thought into this appointment.