Sheffield Wednesday: Managerless Owls eye up move for ex-Bundesliga boss

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Jos Luhukay has emerged as a surprise contender to become Sheffield Wednesday’s new boss.

The Owls have been without a manager since Carlos Carvalhal’s departure on Christmas Eve and it is understood the Championship club are now considering Dutchman Luhukay for the role.

Owls Owner and Chairman Dejphon Chansiri watches from the stand at Griffin Park.....Pic Steve Ellis

Owls Owner and Chairman Dejphon Chansiri watches from the stand at Griffin Park.....Pic Steve Ellis

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Luhukay has spent his entire coaching career in Germany, working at Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Augsburg, Hertha Berlin and VfB Stuttgart.

The 54-year-old has won promotion to the Bundesliga with Mönchengladbach, FC Augsburg, Hertha Berlin.

But Luhukay’s last job was at Stuttgart where he resigned as coach after just four matches and 85 days in charge after not seeing eye-to-eye with sporting director Jan Schindelmeiser. Luhukay quit in September 2016 and was reportedly unhappy with the signings of Asano from Arsenal, Carlos Mane from Sporting and Benjamin Pavard during the final days of the summer transfer window.

As things stand, interim boss Lee Bullen will be in charge of Wednesday when they go to Carlisle United in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Speaking at his press call earlier today, he said: “I don’t have any sense of when the club might appoint a new manager. I know the chairman is continuing with his work but, again, he’s a very private man and he likes to keep things under wraps until he’s ready to announce things. He’s always done that.

“He did it with Carlos [Carlos] when he was announcing signings. I think he does things in the right way.”

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With the Owls’ lengthy injury list showing no signs of improving, Bullen expects the Owls to be active in the transfer market.

He said: “The chairman is very pro-active and asking opinions.

“Obviously, it is a bit of a funny one until a head coach is actually announced. But ultimately he has asked for opinions and asked us to put names forward who would plug gaps at the moment. It’s probably more likely to be a loan scenario with regards to the FFP situation.

“It’s players that we feel can hopefully come in and enhance the group that is available and hopefully step straight into the first-team and help us and maybe give us a bit of freshness around the place. We are looking at a good quality of player.

“Whether they are available, that’s down to their own teams. Nine times out of 10 with the loans, it is something they do in the last week of the window because they have to make sure they don’t lose anybody themselves over the next two or three weeks.

“It’s a waiting game, which is frustrating for us when we need bodies through the door.”

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