Former Championship manager emerges as favourite for Sheffield Wednesday job despite Dejphon Chansiri hints

Former Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley has emerged as joint-favourite to fill Sheffield Wednesday’s vacant managerial spot – despite appearing to express his reservations about working with chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 10:56 am
Danny Cowley. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The 42-year-old has been out of work since leaving the Terriers in the summer, and is now priced at 5/2 to replace the recently-sacked Tony Pulis by Sky Bet.

Ex-Sunderland boss Gus Poyet also has odds of 5/2, while German coach Thorsten Fink and current caretaker manager Neil Thompson are priced at 5/1 and 8/1 respectively.

The shortening of Cowley’s odds comes in the aftermath of his appearance as a pundit on Sky Sports’ coverage of Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Derby County on Friday evening.

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The out-of-work boss was asked about the Owls’ current vacancy in the build-up to that match, and admitted that he had previously spoken to the club prior to taking over at Huddersfield Town in 2019.

But Cowley also seemed to hint that he felt chairman Chansiri could be a disruptive presence, and implied that he would have doubts about accepting the job at Hillsborough, were it offered to him.

"I think you're always open-minded and Sheffield Wednesday are a huge football club”, he said.

"We've spoken previously at the back end of our tenure at Lincoln City but you want the opportunity to be successful and to do that you have to have alignment with the people you're working with.

"Whether that would be possible, time will tell."

Cowley also went on to express his sympathy for the recently-ousted Pulis, who was sacked after just 10 games in charge.

He said: "It's a huge football club but it's a huge challenge at the moment, certainly the position they find themselves in.

"Tony Pulis was only there for 45 days and when you consider the first nine days were without a match, just preparation time and then 10 games in 36 days. It gives you very little time on the grass.

"As we saw, there were differences behind the scenes which weren't workable. If you look, they weren't able to win in the first eight games of his tenure but then they picked up four points in their last two games.

"You wouldn't have said it would be about performances, it must have been more than that."