Sheffield Wednesday supporters have their say on bookies' favourite Paul Cook taking over at Hillsborough

Former Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook is the bookies’ favourite to become the new boss at Sheffield Wednesday – and it’s a move which would prove popular with Owls fans.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 2:29 pm

The 53-year-old Merseysider has been strongly linked with a move to Wednesday and revealed last week how he was ready to return to management following his departure from the Latics last summer.

Cook, whose odds to take over at Wednesday are currently 2/5 with SkyBet, told Sky Sports that rumours linking him to the vacancy at S6 were ‘flattering’.

“I am an out of work manager and I am desperate to get back into football,” he said, speaking during an appearance as a studio pundit for Sky’s coverage of Accrington Stanley's game at Charlton Athletic on Friday.

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"You miss the day to day of the dressing room, good or bad. The interaction with the players. Sheffield Wednesday is an absolutely massive football club. It would be a fantastic club for anyone to manage so while I'm being linked with it, it is obviously very flattering."

And it would appear Wednesdayites would be more than happy for club owner Dejphon Chansiri to appoint the former Coventry City player, who as a manager has enjoyed promotions with Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan.

On Twitter we asked fans who they would like to replace Tony Pulis, axed by the Owls after just 46 days in charge, as manager and gave them four options to choose from – Cook, former Wales boss Chris Coleman, current caretaker manager Neil Thompson and Joey Barton, sacked by League One outfit Fleetwood Town earlier this month.

The poll was carried out over a 24-hour period between noon on Monday and noon yesterday (Tuesday) and at the time it went live on the social media platform, the four men had the shortest odds with SkyBet.

Former Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth manager Paul Cook is the bookies favourite to become the new Sheffield Wednesday boss. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Of 1,291 votes we received, an overwhelming 85 per cent plumped for Cook to take over at Hillsborough.

Nine per cent of respondents were happy for Thompson to continue, while Coleman and Barton each received just three per cent of the vote.

Since the poll took place, former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has entered the running and is currently third favourite with SkyBet.