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Ex-England manager interested in becoming Sheffield Wednesday boss

One particular ex-England manager has revealed that he is seriously interested in becoming the next Sheffield Wednesday boss.

With the club now looking for their third manager of the season and on the cusp of January, The Athletic have provided an update as to who might be in the running.

While various media outlets recently stated that the likes of Gus Poyet and Jose Morais were in the running for the vacant role, this report pours cold water on the idea of either of those two moving to Hillsborough.

They do, however, suggest ex-England boss Sven Goran-Eriksson retains an interest in the job like he has done for other English Football League clubs lately.

While the Swede has been out of work since leaving the Philippines’ national team in 2019, he was linked with Wednesday before Pulis took charge and is believed to be keen yet again.

He is a vastly experienced manager who has been at the likes of Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Lazio, Manchester City, Leicester City, Shanghai and Guangzhou in the past. His managerial career goes as far back as 1977.

Eriksson has also managed England, Mexico and Ivory Coast at international level. His stint with the Three Lions lasted five years and went on to win 40 games out of his 67 in charge.

GIVEMESPORT‘s Jonathan Gorrie says: “It’s hard to imagine the 72-year-old as being the man to turn things around for Wednesday.

“Pulis described the group of players he inherited as ‘probably’ the most disjointed he’d ever managed and the situation looks like it’s going to require a firefighter. 

“Though suggesting someone who ‘knows the league’ can sometimes seem like lazy analysis, Eriksson hasn’t worked in England since leaving Leicester in 2011 and thrusting him into a bleak situation right away may not be the wisest idea.

“There are also the financial problems that have seen players talk to the PFA about not being paid to consider and as big a name as Eriksson is surely unlikely to come cheaply.

“After all, the last few clubs he’s managed have been out in the lucrative Far East and he was thought to be banking £15m while working in China back in 2014.”

The South Yorkshire outfit have surprised their fans late on Monday night, by choosing to sack their manager Tony Pulis after 10 games in charge.

Pulis had only joined Wednesday in November but had to wait until 19 December to record his first victory and a statement on Monday night confirmed that the 62-year-old has left his post with immediate effect.

The club currently sit in the relegation zone of the Championship table, three points from safety after 22 games played.


Sheffield Wednesday have terminated the contract of manager Tony Pulis with immediate effect.

Pulis joined the Owls in November and posted one win from 10 league games.

Chairman Dejphon Chansiri told swfc.co.uk: “The performances and results have not been of the level expected since Tony Pulis was appointed. There are also other issues which have had a bearing on this decision.

“On the pitch, seven points from a possible 30 is not acceptable. It is vital we maintain our Championship status and I feel I must make a change now with over half of the season remaining to give us the best possible chance of doing so.”

Thorsten Fink – 2/1
Gus Poyet – 3/1
Jose Morais – 5/1
Ben Olsen – 8/1
Paco Jemez – 9/1
Nigel Pearson – 10/1

With the ex-England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson interested in becoming Sheffield Wednesday boss, there is another man up for consideration.

Former Bayern Munich footballer Thorsten Fink is said to be in ‘contention’ for the job.

The Sheffield Star reports that the 53-year-old is in the running for the vacant Hillsborough job.

He is currently managing Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe, though Fink is being outed as one of three ‘front-runners’ alongside Gus Poyet and Jose Morais.

A midfielder, Fink made a total of 236 career appearances for Bayern Munich.

He’s since stepped into management, having had spells in charge of all of Ingolstadt, Basel, Hamburg, APOEL, Austria Wien, Grasshoppers and now Kobe.

But he could be about to land his first role in English football with Wednesday.

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