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Sheffield Wednesday considering appointing two-time title-winning coach

Sheffield Wednesday are said to be considering appointing a two-time title-winning coach according to reports emerging this week.

According to Yorkshire Live, the Owls are considering former Anderlecht and Al Ahly boss Rene Weiler for the vacant managerial job at Hillsborough.

The Owls are on the search for a new boss after sacking Tony Pulis, who came in to replace Garry Monk, only to last 45 days in charge and was dismissed with a disappointing record of just one win in ten games.

Neil Thompson is currently in temporary charge, winning back-to-back games, 2-1 home win over Middlesbrouh and a 1-0 victory when hosting Derby County.

Owner Dejphon Chansiri seemingly has a more established name in mind as the Owls look to move clear of the relegation zone in the Championship table and preserve their status.

Yorkshire Live claim that Weiler has emerged as a potential candidate and is on the shortlist to takeover.

The Swiss boss won league titles in Belgium with Anderlecht and in Egypt with Al Ahly. He left the latter after admitting that he wanted more time with his family.

Weiler left Al Ahly in October boasting a 77% win record there, winning 34, drawing 8 and losing 2 of his 44 games in charge with them.


Senior career (defender)
1990–1993 – FC Winterthur
1993–1994 – Aarau – 36 (2)
1994–1996 – Servette FC – 40 (0)
1996–1998 – FC Zürich – 35 (5)
1998–2001 – FC Winterthur

National team
1997 – Switzerland


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Wednesday owner Chansiri claims the club have had many applicants for the vacant role. Names such as Paul Cook, Jose Morais and Joey Barton have also been mentioned.

Weiler has the best pedigree in terms of winning silverware, however whether he can do the same and be suited for Championship football remains to be seen.

Sheffield Wednesday may be considering appointing the two-time title-winning coach but they will have to appoint a new manager soon – leave it any longer and they’ll miss the opportunity for new signings in the January transfer window.

Sheffield Wednesday have also spoken to Paco Jemez about becoming their next permanent manager, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

It seems the 50 year old Spaniard is someone that the club are seriously considering as Nixon has confirmed that the Owls have spoken to him.

Jemez has been without a job since his second spell at Rayo Vallecano, the club with which he has spent the majority of his managerial career, came to an end in August.

Despite a four-year stint with Vallecano between 2012 and 2016, his time as a coach has been mostly made up of short-term spells – which is unlikely to convince the Hillsborough faithful that he’s the right man to take the club forward, stranger things have happened though and who knows what those at Sheffield Wednesday will do next.

Fans reacted with Sheffield Wednesday said to be considering appointing a two-time title-winning coach in Rene Weiler…

@wellbeaten1977: Bloody hell got a message to have a small bet on him this morning was 33/1 on skybet now 6s

@Dango1867: Has got a good record and been a director of football b4 too.

@stevo50313: Vladimir Ivic now 6/1. That would continue our strange connection to all things Watford

@Bernard57184969: To be fair we could do worse!

@RussAmos333: Love how people write him off and have never heard of him

@liam_beebe: People saying “who?” Because it’s not a really well known manager… Everyone starts somewhere, every manager is unknown till they get a decent break , back whoever the manager, never know it might turn out to be a gem

@Billyxswfc: Got a decent record him, albeit with clubs half of the Wednesday da’s have never heard of

@AS__1867: Wouldn’t be the worst appointment. Certainly better than a few names I’ve seen. Cook is still my number one choice though.

@JosephO__: has a decent record in fairness

@Turk_S8: Good record, averages a win ratio of about 50%, Champions League experience (not be long)

ForeverAYellow: Sounds like a promising manager, a decent looking record so far as manager, I’d say it’s worth taking a punt

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