Sheffield Wednesday new manager round-up: Joey Barton, Carlton Palmer's 'shout' and the latest betting odds

It’s rarely a quiet day at Sheffield Wednesday.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 5:00 pm

But as days in the middle of a new manager hunt go, this was relatively fuss-free.

Here are a smattering of updates..

Joey in no rush?

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Joey Barton was a name on the lips of many Wednesdayites since his shock departure from League One Fleetwood Town yesterday. His links with the job have prompted a decidedly mixed response from supporters.

According to reports in The Athletic, the former Manchester City midfielder is in no hurry to jump straight into another role.

They report: “Barton is understood to be in no rush to find another management position.

“Instead the former England international, who will be paid by Fleetwood until the end of the season, is believed to want to focus on completing his UEFA Pro Licence and explore the option of learning trips to watch training at former clubs Manchester City and Marseille.”

Word from Owls legend Carlton Palmer

Speaking to podcast Football FanCast today, Wednesday icon Carlton Palmer intimated he had been told the Owls are set to stick with caretaker boss Neil Thompson until the end of the season.

He said: “The shout, from what I’m hearing, is they’re going to give it to Thompson until the end of the season, which would be an easy fit for them because he’s going to do what he’s told.

“He knows the players, he knows about the players and they will run through a brick wall for him, and [they will] give him until the end of the season to just keep them in the division.

“You know, that’s the easiest scenario for the chairman.

“But if they kick on, and no disregard to Thompson, but he’s not the man who’s going to get them promoted to the Premier League.”

The latest odds

Bookmakers odds are a curious beast at the best of times when it comes to the search for a football manager.

Today’s biggest mover has been Neil Thompson, whose odds have dropped from 12/1 to 4/1.

The latest runners and riders are as follows;

Paul Cook 6/4 fav

Joey Barton 7/4

Neil Thompson 4/1

Thorsten Fink 10/1

Danny Cowley 11/1

Gus Poyet 12/1

Paco Jemez 16/1

Nigel Pearson 20/1

Jose Morais 22/1

Ben Olsen 25/1

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