In this article, we take a look at who Sheffield Wednesday want as their new manager, with a number one target in mind for the Owls.
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 21 games played.
Now, one of Jose Mourinho’s former assistants in Jose Morais is being linked with the job. He’s 2/1 to get the job according to Sky Bet.
talkSPORT were the first to report that the club are chasing the signature of Morais after his decision to leave Korean club, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, recently.
The 55 year old was an assistant to Mourinho at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea (twice) during their time together.
He’s also had a managerial career of his own in Portugal, Sweden, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Greece, Ukraine and the Republic of Korea – among others – over the last couple of decades.
Morais averaged 2.04 points per game and left with the blessing of his former employers.
The Portuguese coach had a successful spell in Korea where he won three trophies in two years, but was also hailed as one of Barnsley’s worst managers – getting relegated with the Tykes back in 2018 after winning just three of his 15 games in charge.
Morais used a 4-1-4-1 formation or a 4-4-2, however that was back then and more recently in Asia, he’s been using a 4-3-3 which helped his side win a league and cup double.
It could a few days before more details come out from those at Hillsborough, but for now, Neil Thompson takes charge of their game against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
OTHER FAVOURITES FOR THE JOB:
Gus Poyet – 3/1
Senior playing career
1988–1989 – Grenoble – 37 games (8 goals)
1989–1990 – River Plate (Montevideo) – 78 games (28 goals)
1990–1997 – Zaragoza – 239 games (63 goals)
1997–2001 – Chelsea – 105 games (36 goals)
2001–2004 – Tottenham Hotspur – 82 games (18 goals)
Total – 463 games (125 goals)
1993–2000 – Uruguay – 26 games (3 goals)
– Brighton – 10 November 2009 until 23 June 2013 – 194 games, 86 wins, 59 draws, 49 defeats, 44.33 win %
– Sunderland – 8 October 2013 until 16 March 2015 – 75 games, 23 wins, 22 draws, 30 defeats, 30.67 win %
– AEK Athens – 29 October 2015 until 19 April 2016 – 28 games, 18 wins, 5 draws, 5 defeats, 64.29 win %
– Real Betis – 11 May 2016 until 11 November 2016 – 11 games, 3 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats, 27.27 win %
– Bordeaux – 20 January 2018 until 5 September 2018 – 21 games, 13 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats, 61.90 win %
Total – 358 games, 153 wins, 97, draws, 108 defeats, 42.74 win %
Paul Cook – 5/1
Paul Cook is currently out of work having departed from Wigan Athletic who are in administration.
In August 2020, the Latic’s relegation to League One was confirmed due to the points deduction on the final day, despite a cracking run of form, subsequently saw the resignation of the manager.
Cook has previously managed Portsmouth, Chesterfield, Accrington, Sligo and Southport – winning the League One title with Wigan in 2017/18, the League Two title with Pompey in 2016/17 and with Chesterfield in 2013/14.
Ryan Lowe – 8/1
Ryan Lowe is currently manager of Plymouth Argyle and was the man to send the club back to League One at the first attempt.
It is the second consecutive season that the manager has got a team promoted, following Bury to League One in 2019/20, only for the club to be expelled after failing to secure a financial takeover.
His success at League One and Two level is bound to attract attention from clubs and the former footballer now could be the next Danny Cowley in working his way up the EFL, however it’s a risky one.
Bolton Wanderers really wanted him after the club were relegated in 2019/20, however couldn’t get his signature and he remained loyal at the Devon outfit.
Nigel Pearson – 10/1
Nigel Pearson was sacked back in July 2020 after a defeat away at West Ham United, yet looked to be guiding them to safety towards the end of the season.
Instead, he was axed with the club in 17th, assistants Hayden Mullins and Graham Stack took over on a caretaker basis for the final two games of the season, which then saw them drop into the relegation zone, then finish in 19th position on the final day.
Pearson has previous experience of helping a side escape deep trouble, having led Leicester to safety in 2015 when they were to the foot of the table at Christmas.
Pearson won the Championship and League One during his time with the Foxes between 2011 and 2015.
His most recent job was with Belgian First Division B side Oud-Heverlee Leuven but lasted 17 months, left them bottom of the table with just 22 points from 24 games and there were many fan protests to get him out of the club.
A few years back, he was linked to become the new manager of QPR, Bolton and Sunderland, but he didn’t get the job.
Slaven Bilic – 10/1
He was most recently in charge of West Brom, however after guiding them back to the Premier League at the first attempt last season, the Baggies thought picking up seven points from 13 league games, with eight defeats was the final straw, though they earned a surprise 1-1 draw at Manchester City on the day of the sacking.
Bilic, 52, signed a two-year contract when he took over at the The Hawthorns in June 2019, replacing Darren Moore, and went on to stay at the club for 18 months.
Hajduk Split – 2001 until 2002 – 16 games, 11 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats, 68.75 win %
Croatia U21 – 1 July 2004 until 30 June 2006 – 19 games, 8 wins, 4 draws, 7 defeats, 42.11 win %
Croatia – 25 July 2006 until 14 May 2012 – 65 games, 42 wins, 15 draws, 8 defeats, 64.62 win %
Lokomotiv Moscow – 14 May 2012 until 18 June 2013 – 32 games, 13 wins, 7 draws, 12 defeats, 40.63 win %
Beşiktaş – 28 June 2013 until 21 May 2015 – 91 games, 47 wins, 22 draws, 22 defeats, 51.65 win %
West Ham United – 9 June 2015 until 4 November 2017 – 111 games, 42 wins, 30 draws, 39 defeats, 37.84 win %
Al-Ittihad – 5 October 2018 until 24 February 2019 – 17 games, 4 wins, 5 draws, 8 defeats, 23.53 win %
West Brom – 13 June 2019 until 16 December 2020 – 65 games, 26 wins, 22 draws, 17 defeats, 40.00 win %
Total – 416 games, 193 wins, 108 draws, 115 defeats, 46.39 win %
Fans reacted after seeing who Sheffield Wednesday want as their new manager, check out the social media reaction below…
@thecase1907: Let’s be right about this what’s happening at Hillsborough, whilst amusing for us, is an absolute joke. This is what happens when you allow a leader to behave like a twat pretty much completely unchallenged. I can’t believe they’re not protesting against him.
@daneshaw8: As a football fan il say it now…The wrong person has left hillsborough this evening. It’s the owner that needs to go. That’s absolute madness that!
@JTSHEEPS35: Bet Sol Campbell is sick of travelling to Hillsborough for job interviews
@wednesdayite: What a mess OUR club is in . But as supporters we cannot give up on it . I am sure many of you (like me) are lifelong supporters who will go through thick and thin. I would normally say get along to Hillsborough tonight and support SWFC, but we can’t , please don’t give up
Merry Christmas and a happy new year 💉💉💉💉💉💉💉
— whiteyred (@3divred) December 28, 2020
He was shocking at Barnsley
— Geoff Bailey (@Geoffthetyke) December 28, 2020
Breaking: Sheffield Wednesday have terminated the contract of Jose Morais
— K Jackson (@kjackson1984) December 28, 2020
Imagine if he was called Joe Morris instead of José Morais, wouldn’t cut it in non-league 🤣
— TEJ (@sartejt) December 28, 2020
If Chansiri does that he will lose every single last one of us
— RocketOwl (@RocketOwl1986) December 28, 2020
Sorry to see Sheff Wednesday in this sorry state with that owner, big old stadium and used to be a good Prem side in the 90’s
— Lee (@UTViIIa) December 29, 2020
On first glance… I thought it said Rick Moranis 😂
— darrelli (@darrelli) December 29, 2020
🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 He’s brilliant guys….
— udrivebarnsley (@udrivebarnsley) December 28, 2020
god he was an unmitigated disaster at Oakwell 😂 what are they doing
— luke🦡 (@lukastyke) December 28, 2020
Can’t recommend him highly enough and I’m a Barnsley fan – he’s a tactical genius he’ll definitely do a job for you! He’s a friend of Jose so he must be good
— Ronnie G (@liverpoolred70) December 28, 2020
Worst manager we have ever had btw
— Joseph (@josephtoconnor) December 28, 2020
— Barnsley Fc Fans Forever (@roccomcg07) December 29, 2020
Get him in 😂
— Dale Brettoner (@DaleBrettoner) December 28, 2020
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂no fucking way😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Sam Barton-Scott (@SamBartonScott1) December 28, 2020
Fuck me it’s a comedy now ahahah
— Kuy (@AlfieKuy) December 29, 2020