Sheffield Wednesday interim manager, Neil Thompson, expected back for Everton FA Cup clash

Neil Thompson is expected back on the Sheffield Wednesday bench against Everton after recovering from COVID-19 – as long as a new manager is appointed before then.

Sunday, 17th January 2021, 12:07 pm

‘Thommo’ took over the role as interim manager at the club after Dejphon Chansiri made the decision to fire Tony Pulis last year, and currently has a 100% win record since doing so.

Unfortunately, though, the long-serving Thompson had to miss the 2-0 win over Exeter City in the FA Cup after testing positive for COVID-19, and Wednesday sat out this weekend’s round of Championship fixtures following the COVID-19 outbreak at the club.

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Now though, it’s understood that the interim manager is expected back on the touchline for SWFC’s Fourth Round tie with The Toffees, as long as Pulis’ replacement isn’t appointed between now and then.

Wednesday will have been watching yesterday’s Championship results with interest as they continue to get the COVID-19 situation at the club under control, with the postponement meaning that they didn’t have chance to consolidate their place outside of the relegation zone.

Wednesday vacated the bottom three for the first time this season on New Year’s Day after a win over Derby County, but haven’t played a league game since then.

With that in mind, it was entirely possible that Thompson’s side slipped back into the relegation zone this weekend – Derby needed just a draw to leapfrog them and make it so. Rotherham, however, had other plans.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker-manager Neil Thompson is expected back for the Everton game. (Richard Sellers/PA Wire)

The Millers’ 1-0 win meant that Wednesday remain 21st, but it’s getting very tight down there with Rotherham and The Rams both on the same points (19), while the former has two games in hand.

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