Former Sheffield Wednesday defender will NOT be joining Darren Moore's staff despite cheeky Chris Wilder rumour

Darren Moore may well be looking to add to his backroom staff at Sheffield Wednesday, if reports are to be believed.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 6:00 am

After the additions of Jamie Smith as assistant manager and Paul Williams as first team coach, two names in particular have been linked with the Owls, both of whom have worked closely with the former Doncaster Rovers boss before.

But The Star can reveal that one of the names linked with a role in the Hillsborough dugout, Wayne Jacobs, will not be joining the Owls staff as things stand.

Jacobs is Moore’s former Bradford City teammate and went on to act as his assistant at West Brom,

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Wayne Jacobs and Darren Moore are close friends going back to their days together at Bradford City.

Since their time together at the Hawthorns, Sheffield-born Jacobs did some analysis work on a non-contract basis for Moore at Doncaster.

The former Premier League left-back, who as a youngster started his career at Wednesday under Howard Wilkinson, founded and runs a charity that helps vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Bradford.

Rumours linking Jacobs with a Wednesday role were kicked up a touch when Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder mentioned him unprompted in a Blades press conference. Asked what conversations he’d had with his friend Moore after his unveiling as Owls manager, Wilder said: “Big Mooro, you’re putting our friendship at risk!

“And my mate Wayne Jacobs, who I knew since we played for Sheffield Boys, who’s his pal and might go in there with him… You’re putting our relationship at risk!”

It remains to be seen whether there is anything in the other name linked with a potential Owls switch, former Solihull Moors boss Jimmy Shan, who also worked with Moore at West Brom.

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